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ef·fi·cient

 (ĭ-fĭsh′ənt)
adj.
1. Acting or producing effectively with a minimum of waste, expense, or unnecessary effort: an efficient builder; an efficient factory.
2. Acting directly to produce an effect: the efficient cause of the revolution.
3. Causing less waste or requiring less effort than comparable devices or methods. Used in combination: energy-efficient wind turbines; cost-efficient health care.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin efficiēns, efficient-, present participle of efficere, to effect; see effect.]

ef·fi′cient·ly adv.

efficient

(ɪˈfɪʃənt)
adj
1. functioning or producing effectively and with the least waste of effort; competent
2. (Philosophy) philosophy producing a direct effect; causative
[C14: from Latin efficiēns effecting]
efˈficiently adv

ef•fi•cient

(ɪˈfɪʃ ənt)

adj.
1. performing or functioning effectively with the least waste of time and effort; competent; capable: an efficient secretary.
2. satisfactory and economical to use: a more efficient air conditioner.
3. producing an effect, as a cause; causative.
4. using a given product or resource with maximum efficiency (used in combination): a fuel-efficient engine.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin efficient-, s. of efficiēns]
ef•fi′cient•ly, adv.
syn: See effective.

effective

efficient
1. 'effective'

If someone or something is effective, they do something well and produce the results that were intended.

We need effective street lighting.
Simple antibiotics are effective against this virus.
She was very effective in getting people to communicate.
2. 'efficient'

If someone or something is efficient, they do a job well and successfully, without wasting time or energy.

You need a highly efficient production manager if you want to reduce costs.
Engines and cars can be made more efficient.

Be Careful!
Effective and efficient are often confused, but they have slightly different meanings. If you are effective, you do a job properly; if you are efficient, you do it quickly and easily.

Doing research at the library can be effective, but using the internet is often more efficient.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.efficient - being effective without wasting time or effort or expense; "an efficient production manager"; "efficient engines save gas"
competent - properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; "a competent typist"
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"
inefficient - not producing desired results; wasteful; "an inefficient campaign against drugs"; "outdated and inefficient design and methods"
2.efficient - able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively; "people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel"; "an efficient secretary"; "the efficient cause of the revolution"
competent - properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient; "a competent typist"

efficient

efficient

adjective
1. Producing or able to produce a desired effect:
2. Acting effectively with minimal waste:
Translations
فَعَّالكُفء، قَدير، ماهِرناجِع، فَعّال
efektivníúčinnývýkonný
effektiv
tehokas
djelotvoran
gazdaságoshatékony
áhrifaríkur, skilvirkurhæfur, skilvirkur
効率的な
효율적인
našiainašumasnašussugebantis
efektīvslietpratīgsprasmīgsproduktīvsveikls
sposobenučinkovit
effektiv
ซึ่งมีประสิทธิภาพ
hiệu quả

efficient

[ɪˈfɪʃənt] ADJ
1. [person, manager] → eficaz, eficiente; [method, remedy, product, system] → eficaz; [service, company, organization, army] → eficiente
to be efficient at doing sthser eficiente a la hora de hacer algo
2. (esp Mech, Phys) [machine] → de buen rendimiento

efficient

[ɪˈfɪʃənt] adj [person] → efficace; [method, means] → efficace; [machine, car] → d'un bon rendement

efficient

adj personfähig, tüchtig; system, machine, company, organizationleistungsfähig; car, engine (= powerful)leistungsfähig; (= economical)sparsam, verbrauchsarm; servicegut, effizient (geh); methodwirksam; way, userationell; work is organized in the most logical and efficient waydie Arbeit wird so logisch und rationell wie möglich organisiert; to be efficient in or at (doing) somethingetw gut können; she’s efficient at dealing with difficult customerssie kann gut mit schwierigen Kunden umgehen; the body is remarkably efficient at dealing with such thingsder Körper wird mit diesen Dingen bemerkenswert gut fertig; they are less efficient at turning sunlight into electricitybei der Umwandlung von Sonnenlicht in elektrischen Strom sind sie weniger effektiv

efficient

[ɪˈfɪʃnt] adj (person) → efficiente; (remedy, product, system) → efficace; (machine, car) → che ha un buon rendimento

efficient

(iˈfiʃənt) adjective
1. (of a person) capable; skilful. a very efficient secretary.
2. (of an action, tool etc) producing (quick and) satisfactory results. The new lawn mower is much more efficient than the old one.
efˈficiently adverb
efˈficiency noun

efficient

فَعَّال výkonný effektiv leistungsfähig αποδοτικός eficiente tehokas efficace djelotvoran efficiente 効率的な 효율적인 efficiënt effektiv skuteczny eficiente эффективный effektiv ซึ่งมีประสิทธิภาพ etkin hiệu quả 效率高的

efficient

a. eficaz; eficiente;
adv. eficientemente.