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effort

[ ef-ert ]
/ ˈɛf ərt /
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noun

OTHER WORDS FOR effort

1 struggle, striving.
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Origin of effort

First recorded in 1480–90; from Middle French, from Old French esfort, esforz, derivative of esforcier “to force” (es- ex-1 + forcier force)

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1. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM effort

coun·ter·ef·fort, nouno·ver·ef·fort, nounpre·ef·fort, noun
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How to use effort in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for effort

effort
/ (ˈɛfət) /

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

Derived forms of effort

effortful, adjective

Word Origin for effort

C15: from Old French esfort, from esforcier to force, ultimately from Latin fortis strong; see force 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for effort

effort
[ ĕfərt ]

Force applied against inertia.
The force needed by a machine in order to accomplish work on a load. Compare load.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with effort

effort

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

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