Origin of efficientMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin efficiens, present participle of efficere: see effect
Betsy's car gets very efficient gas mileage.
An example of efficient is a car that gets 60 miles to a gallon of gas.
- Acting or producing effectively with a minimum of waste, expense, or unnecessary effort: an efficient builder; an efficient factory.
- Acting directly to produce an effect: the efficient cause of the revolution.
- Causing less waste or requiring less effort than comparable devices or methods. Used in combination: energy-efficient wind turbines; cost-efficient health care.
Origin of efficientMiddle English from Old French from Latin efficiēns efficient- present participle of efficere to effect ; see effect .
(comparative more efficient, superlative most efficient)
- Making good, thorough, or careful use of resources; not consuming extra. Especially, making good use of time or energy.
- An efficient process would automate all the routine work.
- Our cleaners are almost too efficient: they throw away anything left out on a desk.
- Using a particular proportion of available energy.
- The motor is only 20% efficient at that temperature.
- Causing effects; producing results.
1398, "making," from Old French, from Latin efficientem (nominative efficiens), preposition of efficere "work out, accomplish" (see effect). Meaning "productive, skilled" is from 1787. Efficiency apartment is first recorded 1930, American English.
- The nets or snares are highly efficient for this purpose.
- From his cold features to his controlled, efficient movement, to the low, commanding tone, there was no doubt he belonged in the predators' wing of the zoo.
- By stringent game laws, administered by an efficient state Game and Fish Commission.
- Despite being the most efficient method ever, it is still highly inefficient, and this inefficiency inspires hope.
- Only thus could a plurality of rulers of equal rank act in an efficient and orderly way.