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effort

[ef-ert]
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noun
  1. exertion of physical or mental power: It will take great effort to achieve victory.
  2. an earnest or strenuous attempt: an effort to keep to the schedule.
  3. something done by exertion or hard work: I thought it would be easy, but it was an effort.
  4. an achievement, as in literature or art: The painting is one of his finest efforts.
  5. the amount of exertion expended for a specified purpose: the war effort.
  6. Chiefly British.
    1. an organized community drive or achievement.
    2. a fund-raising drive.
  7. Mechanics. the force or energy that is applied to a machine for the accomplishment of useful work.
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Origin of effort

1480–90; < Middle French; Old French esfort, esforz, derivative of esforcier to force (es- ex-1 + forcier to force)
Related formscoun·ter·ef·fort, nouno·ver·ef·fort, nounpre·ef·fort, noun

Synonyms for effort

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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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Related Words for effort

training, attempt, power, intention, industry, creation, exercise, battle, production, struggle, push, force, endeavor, resolution, achievement, essay, shot, energy, strain, go

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Historical Examples of effort

  • Making an effort to rise, he seemed surprised at his own weakness.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • The effort to make them "disgorge" is as continual as it is noisy, and, as a rule, futile.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • The young girl shrank from the effort, but the elder lady was inflexible.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The principle involved in this effort is that of conservation.

  • He felt his own fist tingle as he returned the effort with interest.


British Dictionary definitions for effort

effort

noun
  1. physical or mental exertion, usually considerable when unqualifiedthe rock was moved with effort
  2. a determined attemptour effort to save him failed
  3. achievement; creationa great literary effort
  4. physics an applied force acting against inertia
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Derived Formseffortful, adjective

Word Origin for effort

C15: from Old French esfort, from esforcier to force, ultimately from Latin fortis strong; see force 1
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Word Origin and History for effort

n.

late 15c., from Middle French effort, noun of action from Old French esforz "force, impetuosity, strength, power," back-formation from esforcier "force out, exert oneself," from Vulgar Latin *exfortiare "to show strength" (source of Italian sforza), from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + Latin fortis "strong" (see fort).

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. [Ortega y Gasset, 1949]

Related: Efforts.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

effort in Science

effort

[ĕfərt]
  1. Force applied against inertia.
  2. The force needed by a machine in order to accomplish work on a load. Compare load.
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Idioms and Phrases with effort

effort

see all out (effort); last-ditch effort.

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