- exertion of physical or mental power: It will take great effort to achieve victory.
- an earnest or strenuous attempt: an effort to keep to the schedule.
- something done by exertion or hard work: I thought it would be easy, but it was an effort.
- an achievement, as in literature or art: The painting is one of his finest efforts.
- the amount of exertion expended for a specified purpose: the war effort.
- Chiefly British.
- an organized community drive or achievement.
- a fund-raising drive.
- Mechanics. the force or energy that is applied to a machine for the accomplishment of useful work.
Origin of effort
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Examples from the Web for efforts
Ultimately, Gow says, the brothers failed in their efforts to recreate the Auroch.‘Nazi Cows’ Tried to Kill British Farmer
January 6, 2015
And who can blame them for feeling disenfranchised when they see their efforts dwarfed by the mega donors.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
Despite his efforts to live in the present, he seemed haunted by the specter of his father.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Even in the parts of the movement he does cover, some people and efforts are missing.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Many parents have been defeated in their efforts to get help from child welfare departments.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
All efforts to ascertain your fate proved utterly fruitless.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It required all the captain's seamanship, and the efforts of all the crew, to withstand it.Brave and Bold
By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well—a fire in the minds of men.
The degree to which we work them out depends on our own efforts.The Conquest of Fear
That fact had been of incalculable advantage to him in his efforts to reach the shore with her.Within the Law
- 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
Word Origin and History for efforts
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]
- Force applied against inertia.
- The force needed by a machine in order to accomplish work on a load. Compare load.