Effort meaning

ĕfərt
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The using of energy to get something done; exertion of strength or mental power.
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The use of physical or mental energy to do something; exertion.
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Something done or produced through exertion; an achievement.

A play that was his finest effort.

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A difficult exertion of strength or will.

It was an effort to get up.

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A usually earnest attempt.

Make an effort to arrive promptly.

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(uncommon) To make an effort.
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A try, esp. a hard try; attempt; endeavor.
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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.

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Although he didn't win any medals, Johnson's effort at the Olympics won over many fans.

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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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A product or result of working or trying; achievement.
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The force needed by a machine in order to accomplish work on a load.
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A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.

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Force applied against inertia.
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Origin of effort

  • Middle English from Old French esfort from esforcier to force, exert from Medieval Latin exfortiāre Latin ex- ex- Latin fortis strong bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French effort, from Old French esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier (“to force, exert”), from Vulgar Latin *exfortiare, from Latin ex + fortis (“strong”)

    From Wiktionary