Definition of efficient in English:

efficient

adjective

  • 1(of a system or machine) achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.

    ‘more efficient processing of information’
    • ‘He said the new system allowed a more efficient ordering service at the front desk.’
    • ‘The system is efficient and well integrated with overground train, bus and tram routes.’
    • ‘One of those institutions is a legal system that is effective, efficient and independent.’
    • ‘It is highly probable that changing working patterns would produce a more efficient fire service.’
    • ‘"It's very efficient in terms of the time it takes to perform, " said Dr. Stevens.’
    • ‘We are now able to provide the public with an information system that is more efficient and easier to navigate.’
    • ‘Contracts would be awarded to those who offer efficient services at the best price.’
    • ‘The more information the system has, the more efficient and effective it will be.’
    • ‘Their gearing becomes more efficient, materials get lighter and stronger and ergonomics improve.’
    • ‘In some ways it is a sleek and efficient machine; in others, it is full of flaws.’
    • ‘Corruption makes markets less efficient, more costly, and less innovative.’
    • ‘This way we got to experience the amazingly cheap and efficient Italian railway system.’
    • ‘The rapid transit system is clean and efficient and the four legs of the line cover most of the city.’
    • ‘I find that the present system works well and offers an efficient service at a relatively low cost.’
    • ‘If we use only five to eight firms, we will be able to offer a streamlined and more efficient service.’
    • ‘They are now forced to be more efficient and produce better products for consumers.’
    • ‘The new duty of the police authority is to achieve efficient and effective policing of its area.’
    • ‘The party ran an efficient system that was designed to control the people.’
    • ‘With age, your kidneys become less efficient in removing waste from your bloodstream.’
    • ‘It certainly seemed a very efficient system and one which everyone participates in.’
    well organized, methodical, systematic, structured, well planned, logical, coherent, well regulated, well run, well ordered, orderly, businesslike, systematized, streamlined, productive, effective, labour-saving, cost-effective, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient
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    1. 1.1in combination Preventing the wasteful use of a particular resource.
      ‘an energy-efficient heating system’
  • 2(of a person) working in a well-organized and competent way.

    ‘an efficient administrator’
    • ‘This means the cluster can be slowed as a result of the least efficient worker.’
    • ‘They were efficient, and that was the real reason why the others disliked them.’
    • ‘Learn to become more organized with day-to-day activities and a more efficient worker.’
    • ‘I can guarantee that there will be no problems, the crew is very competent and efficient.’
    • ‘She is efficient enough, but never really inspirational.’
    • ‘His efficient girlfriend is annoyed when he insists on accompanying her on a research trip to Mexico.’
    • ‘I work with a team of women who are really well organised, effective and efficient teachers.’
    • ‘I am most impressed with the efficient and professional manner in which my crew responded.’
    • ‘Chris was known widely as an astute and efficient farmer and a devoted family man.’
    • ‘I also know that these sort of things would be a lot easier if people would just be efficient.’
    • ‘As a briskly efficient technician attached the rope I had a most odd sense of dislocation.’
    • ‘He proved to be an efficient administrator and a person who was able to bring out the best in this staff.’
    • ‘He has also been remembered as an efficient man who was devoted to his farm and his family.’
    well organized, methodical, systematic, structured, well planned, logical, coherent, well regulated, well run, well ordered, orderly, businesslike, systematized, streamlined, productive, effective, labour-saving, cost-effective, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘making, causing’, usually in efficient cause): from Latin efficient- ‘accomplishing’, from the verb efficere (see effect). The current sense dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

efficient

/ɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt/