- physical or mental exertion, usually considerable when unqualified
- a determined attempt
- achievement; creation
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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ef•fort /ˈɛfɚt/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ef•fort•less•ly,adv. See -fort-.
Etymology:1 . struggle, striving. Effort, application, endeavor, exertion imply actions directed or force expended toward a definite end. Effort is an expenditure of energy to accomplish some objective:He made an effort to control himself.Application is continuous effort plus careful attention:constant application to duties.Endeavor means a continued and sustained series of efforts to achieve some, often worthy and difficult, end:a constant endeavor to be useful.Exertion is the vigorous and often strenuous expenditure of energy, frequently without an end:out of breath from exertion.
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effort /ˈɛfət/ n
'effort' also found in these entries:
achieve - agonize - all - all-out - ambitious - apgar score - application - arduous - attain - attempt - backbreaking - backwards - bend - best - blitz - block and tackle - bolt - break - burst - canter - cart - coast - come on - concerted - conscious - crash - demand - difficult - dig - do - doctor - do-or-die - doss - drag - dredge up - drive - easy - easy money - economical - economy - efficient - ˈeffortless - eke out - ˌemuˈlation - endeavour - enterprise - ergonomic - essay - exact
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