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ef·fort

 (ĕf′ərt)
n.
1. The use of physical or mental energy to do something; exertion.
2. A difficult exertion of strength or will: It was an effort to get up.
3. A usually earnest attempt: Make an effort to arrive promptly.
4. Something done or produced through exertion; an achievement: a play that was his finest effort.
5. Physics
a. Force applied against inertia.
b. The force needed by a machine to accomplish work on a load.

[Middle English, from Old French esfort, from esforcier, to force, exert, from Medieval Latin exfortiāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

ef′fort·ful adj.
ef′fort·ful·ly adv.

effort

(ˈɛfət)
n
1. physical or mental exertion, usually considerable when unqualified: the rock was moved with effort.
2. a determined attempt: our effort to save him failed.
3. achievement; creation: a great literary effort.
4. (General Physics) physics an applied force acting against inertia
[C15: from Old French esfort, from esforcier to force, ultimately from Latin fortis strong; see force1]

ef•fort

(ˈɛf ərt)

n.
1. exertion of physical or mental power.
2. an earnest or strenuous attempt.
3. something done by exertion or hard work.
4. an achievement, as in literature or art: The painting is one of her finest efforts.
5. action undertaken by a group for a specified purpose: the war effort.
6. the force or energy that is applied to a machine for the accomplishment of useful work.
[1480–90; < Middle French; Old French esfort, esforz, derivative of esforcier to force (es- ex-1 + forcier to force)]
syn: effort, application, endeavor, exertion imply energetic activity and expenditure of energy. effort is an expenditure of physical or mental energy to accomplish some objective: He made an effort to control himself. application is continuous effort plus careful attention and diligence: application to one's studies. endeavor means a continued and sustained series of efforts to achieve some end, often worthy and difficult: an endeavor to rescue survivors. exertion is vigorous action or effort, frequently without an end in view: out of breath from exertion.

effort

If you make an effort to do something, you try hard to do it.

Schmitt made one more effort to escape.
Little effort has been made to investigate this claim.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'does an effort'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.effort - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish somethingeffort - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
batting - (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
best - the supreme effort one can make; "they did their best"
worst - the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of; "it was the worst he had ever done on a test"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
bid, play - an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
fling, go, offer, whirl, crack, pass - a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
essay - a tentative attempt
foray - an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence); "scientists' forays into politics"
contribution, share, part - the part played by a person in bringing about a result; "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"
liberation - the attempt to achieve equal rights or status; "she worked for women's liberation"
mug's game - a futile or unprofitable endeavor
power play, squeeze play, squeeze - an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power; "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"
seeking - an attempt to acquire or gain something
stab, shot - informal words for any attempt or effort; "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting"
shot - an attempt to score in a game
nisus, pains, striving, strain - an effortful attempt to attain a goal
struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
takeover attempt - an attempt to take control of a corporation
trial, run, test - the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
trial, test - the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
2.effort - use of physical or mental energyeffort - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
toil, labor, labour - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
struggle - strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
difficulty, trouble - an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
least effort, least resistance - the least effortful way to do something
straining, strain - an intense or violent exertion
exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"
pull - a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"
diligence, application - a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious application"
overkill - any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
supererogation - an effort above and beyond the call of duty
overexertion - excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results
detrition, friction, rubbing - effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
3.effort - a notable achievementeffort - a notable achievement; "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
derring-do - brave and heroic feats
hit - (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball); "he came all the way around on Williams' hit"
rally, rallying - the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort; "he singled to start a rally in the 9th inning"; "he feared the rallying of their troops for a counterattack"
stunt - a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
tour de force - a masterly or brilliant feat
4.effort - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular endeffort - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign - an organized program of advertisements
anti-war movement - a campaign against entering or continuing a war
charm campaign - a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support
consumerism - a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign - the campaign of a candidate to be elected
fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort - a campaign to raise money for some cause
feminist movement, women's lib, women's liberation movement, feminism - the movement aimed at equal rights for women
gay lib, gay liberation movement - the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
lost cause - a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
reform - a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
war - a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; "the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
youth crusade, youth movement - political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people

effort

noun
1. attempt, try, endeavour, shot (informal), bid, essay, go (informal), stab (informal) He made no effort to hide.
2. exertion, work, labour, trouble, force, energy, struggle, stress, application, strain, striving, graft, toil, welly (slang), hard graft, travail (literary), elbow grease (facetious), blood, sweat, and tears (informal) A great deal of effort had been put into the planning.
3. achievement, act, performance, product, job, production, creation, feat, deed, accomplishment, attainment The gallery is showcasing her latest efforts.
Quotations
"Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt" [José Oretega y Gasset In Search of Goethe From Within, Letter to a German]
"Lovely it is, when the winds are churning up the waves on the great sea, to gaze out from the land on the great efforts of someone else" [Lucretius De Rerum Natura]
"Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well" [Lord Chesterfield Letters to His Son]
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might" Bible: Ecclesiastes

effort

noun
1. The use of energy to do something:
Informal: elbow grease.
2. A difficult or tedious undertaking:
Informal: job.
3. A trying to do or make something:
Informal: shot.
Slang: take.
Archaic: assay.
4. Something completed or attained successfully:
Translations
جُهْدنَتيجَة المُحاوَلَهتَعَب
úsilí
anstrengelsebestræbelseindsatsumagen værd
vaivannäkö
naportrud
erõkifejtés
átak, erfiîitilraun, viîleitni
努力
노력
be pastangųnereikalaujantis pastangųpastanga
piepūlepūlessasniegums
námaha
napor
ansträngning
ความพยายาม
nỗ lực

effort

[ˈefət] N
1. (= hard work) → esfuerzo m
all his effort was directed totodos sus esfuerzos iban dirigidos a ...
it was an effort to get up; getting up was an effortlevantarse resultaba un esfuerzo
put a bit of effort into it!¡esfuérzate un poco!, ¡pon un poco más de esfuerzo!
to spare no effort to do sthno regatear esfuerzos para hacer algo
without effortsin ningún esfuerzo
it's not worth the effortno merece la pena
it's well worth the effortmerece la pena
2. (= attempt) → intento m, tentativa f
it's not bad for a first effortno está mal para ser su primer intento or la primera vez que lo intenta
a good effortun feliz intento
in an effort to solve the problem/be politeen un esfuerzo por resolver el problema/ser amable
his latest effort (hum) → su último intento
what did you think of his latest effort?¿qué te pareció su última obra?
to make an effort to do sthesforzarse en hacer algo, hacer un esfuerzo por hacer algo
he made no effort to be politeno hizo ningún esfuerzo por ser amable
please make every effort to comehaz un esfuerzo por venir
thank you for making the effort to be heregracias por tomarse la molestia de venir
it was a pretty poor effortfue un intento bastante flojo
the war effort los esfuerzos realizados por la población civil durante una guerra

effort

[ˈɛfərt] n
(= work) → effort m
a waste of effort → un effort inutile
to put a lot of effort into sth (= work hard on) → se donner beaucoup de mal pour qch
to be worth the effort → en valoir la peine
to make the effort to do sth (= take the trouble) → faire l'effort de faire qch
(= attempt) → effort m
to make an effort to do sth → faire un effort pour faire qch, s'efforcer de faire qch
to make no effort to do sth → ne pas se donner la peine de faire qch
(= difficulty) with an effort → avec difficulté
to be an effort to do sth (= difficult) → être un effort de faire qch
It was an effort to concentrate → C'était un effort de se concentrer.
to do sth by an effort of will (= force o.s.) → faire qch dans un effort de volonté

effort

n
(= attempt)Versuch m; (= strain, hard work)Anstrengung f, → Mühe f; (Mech) → Leistung f; to make an effort to do somethingden Versuch unternehmen, etw zu tun, sich bemühen, etw zu tun; to make the effort to do somethingsich (dat)die Mühe machen, etw zu tun; to make every effort or a great effort to do somethingsich sehr bemühen or anstrengen, etw zu tun; to make every possible effort to do somethingjede nur mögliche Anstrengung or große Anstrengungen unternehmen or machen, etw zu tun; to make little effort to do somethingsich (dat)wenig Mühe geben, etw zu tun; he made no effort to be politeer machte sich (dat)nicht die Mühe, höflich zu sein; it’s an effort (to get up in the morning)es kostet einige Mühe or Anstrengung(, morgens aufzustehen); getting up was an effortdas Aufstehen kostete einige Mühe or Anstrengung; he had to double his effortser musste seine Anstrengungen verdoppeln; if it’s not too much of an effort for you (iro)wenn es dir nicht zu viel Mühe macht; with an effortmühsam; with a great effort of willmit einer gewaltigen Willensanstrengung; come on, make an effortkomm, streng dich an; it’s well worth the effortdie Mühe lohnt sich wirklich
(= campaign)Aktion f; the famine relief effortdie Hilfsaktion gegen die Hungersnot
(inf)Unternehmen nt; it was a pretty poor effortdas war eine ziemlich schwache Leistung; it’s not bad for a first effortdas ist nicht schlecht für den Anfang; what did you think of his latest effort?was halten Sie von seinem jüngsten Unternehmen?; his first effort at making a filmsein erster Versuch, einen Film zu drehen; best film went to a strange Swedish effortdie Auszeichnung für den besten Film ging an ein merkwürdiges schwedisches Machwerk

effort

[ˈɛfət] nsforzo
to make an effort to do sth → sforzarsi di fare qc
to make every effort to do sth → fare il possible per fare qc
he made no effort to be polite → non si è sforzato minimamente di essere gentile
he won a prize for effort → gli è stato dato un premio per l'impegno dimostrato
it's not worth the effort → non vale la pena
that's a good effort (fam) → non è niente male
his latest effort (fam, pej) → la sua ultima fatica

effort

(ˈefət) noun
1. hard work; energy. Learning a foreign language requires effort; The effort of climbing the hill made the old man very tired.
2. a trying hard; a struggle. The government's efforts to improve the economy were unsuccessful; Please make every effort to be punctual.
3. the result of an attempt. Your drawing was a good effort.
ˈeffortless adjective
done without (apparent) effort. The dancer's movements looked effortless.
ˈeffortlessly adverb

effort

جُهْد úsilí bestræbelse Anstrengung προσπάθεια esfuerzo vaivannäkö effort napor sforzo 努力 노력 inspanning anstrengelse wysiłek esforço усилие ansträngning ความพยายาม çaba nỗ lực 努力

ef·fort

n. esfuerzo, empeño;
v.
to make every ___ tohacer todo lo posible por.

effort

n esfuerzo
References in classic literature ?
But in spite of their efforts to be as cheery as larks, the flutelike voices did not seem to chord as well as usual, and all felt out of tune.
The book immediately preceding this is called "Tom Swift and His Bit, Tunnel," and deals with the efforts of the young inventor to help a firm of contractors penetrate a mountain in Peru.
Our young man of position was like the son of a royal house; the boy who swept out his office or drove his delivery wagon might frolic with the jolly country girls, but he himself must sit all evening in a plush parlour where conversation dragged so perceptibly that the father often came in and made blundering efforts to warm up the atmosphere.
Robert had pursued a system of lessons almost daily; and he was nearly at the point of discouragement in realizing the futility of his efforts.
You have, then, limited your efforts to sacred song?
Your efforts will not prevail; for our gates shall for ever deny you admittance.
My good townspeople will not much regret me, for -- though it has been as dear an object as any, in my literary efforts, to be of some importance in their eyes, and to win myself a pleasant memory in this abode and burial-place of so many of my forefathers -- there has never been, for me, the genial atmosphere which a literary man requires in order to ripen the best harvest of his mind.
This floor was half an inch deep with blood, in spite of the best efforts of men who kept shoveling it through holes; it must have made the floor slippery, but no one could have guessed this by watching the men at work.
She made reasonable progress, entertained for me a vivacious, though perhaps not very profound, affection; and by her simplicity, gay prattle, and efforts to please, inspired me, in return, with a degree of attachment sufficient to make us both content in each other's society.
Your sister has defied all my efforts to check her; she has disappeared in company with my master, Mr.
The army under such circumstances may usefully aid the magistrate to suppress a small faction, or an occasional mob, or insurrection; but it will be unable to enforce encroachments against the united efforts of the great body of the people.
It has until lately been a received and uncontradicted opinion that the prosperity of the people of America depended on their continuing firmly united, and the wishes, prayers, and efforts of our best and wisest citizens have been constantly directed to that object.