Effort - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈefərt|  American pronunciation of the word effort
Brit.  |ˈɛfət|  British pronunciation of the word effort
- earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something (syn: attempt, endeavor, endeavour, try)
made an effort to cover all the reading material
- use of physical or mental energy; hard work (syn: exertion, sweat, travail)
he got an A for effort
- a notable achievement (syn: exploit, feat)
the book was her finest effort
- a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end (syn: campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement)
contributed to the war effort


He put a lot of effort into finishing the project on time.

It wasn't easy, but it was worth the effort.

We need to expend more effort.

The job will require a great deal of time and effort.

Our success is due to the combined efforts of many people.

Her efforts were rewarded with a new contract.

He lost the campaign despite the best efforts of his supporters.

Even though they didn't win, the team made a good effort.

Her early efforts at writing a novel were awkward.

Despite my best efforts, I never found out who she was.

Lou lifted the box easily, without using much effort.

He made the effort to say something pleasant.

It takes a lot of time and effort to get an exhibition ready.

An automatic car takes all the effort out of driving (=it makes driving very easy).

Frank put a lot of effort into the party.

Word forms

singular: effort
plural: efforts
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