What does effort mean?

Definitions for effort
ˈɛf ərtef·fort

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word effort.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try(noun)

    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

    "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"

  2. effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat(noun)

    use of physical or mental energy; hard work

    "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"

  3. feat, effort, exploit(noun)

    a notable achievement

    "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"

  4. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort(noun)

    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"

Wiktionary

  1. effort(Noun)

    The amount of work involved in performing an activity; exertion.

    It took a lot of effort to find a decent-sized, fully-furnished apartment withing walking distance of the office.

    Etymology: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

  2. effort(Noun)

    An endeavour.

    Although he didn't win any medals, Johnson's effort at the Olympics won over many fans.

    Etymology: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

  3. effort(Verb)

    To make an effort.

    Etymology: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

  4. effort(Verb)

    To stimulate.

    He efforted his spirits. uE000127628uE001 Fuller.

    Etymology: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effort(noun)

    an exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, an effort to scale a wall

  2. Effort(noun)

    a force acting on a body in the direction of its motion

  3. Effort(verb)

    to stimulate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effort

    ef′fort, n. a putting forth of strength: attempt: struggle.—adj. Ef′fortless, making no effort: passive. [Fr.,—L. ex, out, fortis, strong.]

Editors Contribution

  1. effort

    To use energy for a specific purpose.

    She always made a fantastic effort and focused, she was always achieving remarkable things and always acknowledged the team who supported her.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effort' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1327

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effort' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1840

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effort' in Nouns Frequency: #320

How to pronounce effort?

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How to say effort in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effort in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of effort in a Sentence

  1. Ansel Adams:

    I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.

  2. Red Bull Alexander Albon:

    It was fun racing with Sergio... he showed he's really fast, you can see with all the top athletes that they want to be the best they can be and they put so much effort in.

  3. Mark Hetfield:

    They are doing an across-the-board effort to dismantle the capacity of this country to process refugees and immigrants legally.

  4. Theodore Roosevelt:

    It is not the critic that counts not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the Arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming but he who does actually strive to do the deed who knows the great devotion who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat.

  5. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler:

    No prior president has engaged in such a transparent effort to block his own former aides from testifying about the president's misconduct.

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