in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; capably or competently: Getting this many people to pass information among themselves efficiently, let alone come up with a coherent plan that everybody understands, requires practice.
in a satisfactory and economical way: The product they are donating will give our volunteers the proper materials to build our homes as efficiently as possible.
in a way that utilizes a particular resource with the least waste (usually used in combination): The lighter your car is, the more fuel-efficiently it will drive.
- non·ef·fi·cient·ly, adverb
- qua·si-ef·fi·cient·ly, adverb
- su·per·ef·fi·cient·ly, adverb
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How to use efficiently in a sentence
Making energy efficient purchases is one of the more meaningful ways you can cut your personal carbon footprint.Trying to shop sustainably? Here’s what you need to consider. | Sarah Kaplan | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
A safe and efficient vaccination effort presents one of the most complex logistical challenges the nation has ever faced.We can’t rely on just one company to distribute COVID vaccines | jakemeth | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
This is a really efficient way to match an investor with a company.IPOs, SPACs, and direct listings: Silicon Valley opens the doors to more investors | matthewheimer | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
At the time, most researchers assumed gliding was an energy-efficient way for colugos to travel.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops | Yao-Hua Law | November 20, 2020 | Science News
Some of these applications may inspire organization to rethink how they collect, analyze, and act on data—all of them contribute to a better or at least more efficient planet.
We might even see data that suggest the program is performing 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. | Abby Haglage | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I ask Peggy how she learned to size women up so efficiently and effectively.
Never in all the years we've come to this place have we seen the blades of the milk shake mixer work efficiently.
We know nothing of how efficiently, or otherwise, any of these tasks were performed.
It was not his business to see, but to carry out promptly and efficiently Scattergood's directions.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
With the ancients, oaths were employed in guarding as efficiently as they could the public conscience and the public security.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
The Seabees merely shortened working time and operated in relays so efficiently that no time was lost.The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
Speaking generally, you will cure more efficiently when you do not know what the trouble is, than when you do.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
The Titanic was efficiently designed and constructed to meet the contingencies which she was intended to meet.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government