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’
    • ‘The new duty of the police authority is to achieve efficient and effective policing of its area.’
    • ‘One of those institutions is a legal system that is effective, efficient and independent.’
    • ‘It certainly seemed a very efficient system and one which everyone participates in.’
    • ‘We are now able to provide the public with an information system that is more efficient and easier to navigate.’
    • ‘Corruption makes markets less efficient, more costly, and less innovative.’
    • ‘The system is efficient and well integrated with overground train, bus and tram routes.’
    • ‘This way we got to experience the amazingly cheap and efficient Italian railway system.’
    • ‘The party ran an efficient system that was designed to control the people.’
    • ‘The more information the system has, the more efficient and effective it will be.’
    • ‘They are now forced to be more efficient and produce better products for consumers.’
    • ‘In some ways it is a sleek and efficient machine; in others, it is full of flaws.’
    • ‘"It's very efficient in terms of the time it takes to perform, " said Dr. Stevens.’
    • ‘Contracts would be awarded to those who offer efficient services at the best price.’
    • ‘Their gearing becomes more efficient, materials get lighter and stronger and ergonomics improve.’
    • ‘If we use only five to eight firms, we will be able to offer a streamlined and more efficient service.’
    • ‘He said the new system allowed a more efficient ordering service at the front desk.’
    • ‘With age, your kidneys become less efficient in removing waste from your bloodstream.’
    • ‘I find that the present system works well and offers an efficient service at a relatively low cost.’
    • ‘The rapid transit system is clean and efficient and the four legs of the line cover most of the city.’
    • ‘It is highly probable that changing working patterns would produce a more efficient fire service.’
    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’
    • ‘He proved to be an efficient administrator and a person who was able to bring out the best in this staff.’
    • ‘She is efficient enough, but never really inspirational.’
    • ‘Learn to become more organized with day-to-day activities and a more efficient worker.’
    • ‘As a briskly efficient technician attached the rope I had a most odd sense of dislocation.’
    • ‘This means the cluster can be slowed as a result of the least efficient worker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has also been remembered as an efficient man who was devoted to his farm and his family.’
    • ‘I can guarantee that there will be no problems, the crew is very competent and efficient.’
    • ‘I am most impressed with the efficient and professional manner in which my crew responded.’
    • ‘His efficient girlfriend is annoyed when he insists on accompanying her on a research trip to Mexico.’
    • ‘They were efficient, and that was the real reason why the others disliked them.’
    • ‘I work with a team of women who are really well organised, effective and efficient teachers.’
    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/