- Effort is defined as the use of physical or mental energy, the act or result of trying to do something.
- An example of effort is someone using their brain to make a plan.
- An example of effort is writing a letter.
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- 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: French ; from Old French esforz ; from esforcier, to make an effort ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exfortiare ; from ex-, intensive plush an unverified form fortiare: see force
- effortful adjective
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- The use of physical or mental energy to do something; exertion.
- A difficult exertion of the 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 Force applied against inertia.
Origin: Middle 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.
- efˈfort·ful adjective
- efˈfort·ful·ly adverb
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effort - Science Definition
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