- performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry; competent; capable: a reliable, efficient assistant.
- satisfactory and economical to use: Our new air conditioner is more efficient than our old one.
- producing an effect, as a cause; causative.
- utilizing a particular commodity or product with the least waste of resources or effort (usually used in combination): a fuel-efficient engine.
Origin of efficient
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Examples from the Web for efficiently
“We can do this efficiently and we can do a good job,” he says.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
I ask Peggy how she learned to size women up so efficiently and effectively.New York's Sexiest Kosher Corsets
August 20, 2014
We know nothing of how efficiently, or otherwise, any of these tasks were performed.Who Gagged the Search for MH370?
June 22, 2014
Zeitz efficiently shows how their lives parallel and depart from the larger story of a rapidly changing America in those decades.The Battle over President Lincoln’s Legacy
February 8, 2014
The market effectively and efficiently evaluates the outcome of the activist plans as being good for the company—period.Welcome to the Golden Age of Activist Investors
August 15, 2013
In all her labors she was cordially seconded and efficiently aided by her husband.Cleveland Past and Present
A generator operates most efficiently when delivering its rated output.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Rather mincingly, of course; but still, on the whole, efficiently.The Trimming of Goosie
Madison rapped on my office door and breezed in efficiently.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
The work was efficiently done; the organization was fairly complete.The Education of Henry Adams
- functioning or producing effectively and with the least waste of effort; competent
- philosophy producing a direct effect; causative
Word Origin and History for efficiently
"capable of producing the desired effect," late 14c., "making, producing immediate effect," from Old French efficient and directly from Latin efficientem (nominative efficiens) "effective, efficient, producing, active," present participle of efficere "work out, accomplish" (see effect). Meaning "productive, skilled" is from 1787. Related: Efficiently.