Effort is the mental energy used to solve a problem.
- An example of effort is someone using their brain to make a plan.
- An example of effort is writing a letter.
- the using of energy to get something done; exertion of strength or mental power
- a try, esp. a hard try; attempt; endeavor
- a product or result of working or trying; achievement
Origin of effortFrench from Old French esforz from esforcier, to make an effort from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exfortiare from ex-, intensive + an unverified form fortiare: see force
- The use of physical or mental energy to do something; exertion.
- A difficult exertion of strength or will: It was an effort to get up.
- A usually earnest attempt: Make an effort to arrive promptly.
- Something done or produced through exertion; an achievement: a play that was his finest effort.
- Physics a. Force applied against inertia.b. The force needed by a machine to accomplish work on a load.
Origin of effortMiddle English from Old French esfort from esforcier to force, exert from Medieval Latin exfortiāre Latin ex- ex- Latin fortis strong ; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- The work involved in performing an activity; exertion.
- It took a lot of effort to find a decent-sized, fully-furnished apartment within walking distance of the office. He made a conscious effort to not appear affected by the stories in the paper.
- An endeavour.
- Although he didn't win any medals, Johnson's effort at the Olympics won over many fans.
- A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
- Adjectives often used with "effort": conscious, good, poor, etc.
(third-person singular simple present efforts, present participle efforting, simple past and past participle efforted)
- (uncommon) To make an effort.