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/ ɪˈfɪʃ ənt /
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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.
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Origin of efficient
OTHER WORDS FROM efficient
ef·fi·cient·ly, adverbnon·ef·fi·cient, adjectivequa·si-ef·fi·cient, adjectivesu·per·ef·fi·cient, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for efficient
/ (ɪˈfɪʃənt) /
functioning or producing effectively and with the least waste of effort; competent
philosophy producing a direct effect; causative
Derived forms of efficientefficiently, adverb
Word Origin for efficient
C14: from Latin efficiēns effecting
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