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’
    • ‘"It's very efficient in terms of the time it takes to perform, " said Dr. Stevens.’
    • ‘Corruption makes markets less efficient, more costly, and less innovative.’
    • ‘He said the new system allowed a more efficient ordering service at the front desk.’
    • ‘The new duty of the police authority is to achieve efficient and effective policing of its area.’
    • ‘It certainly seemed a very efficient system and one which everyone participates in.’
    • ‘The rapid transit system is clean and efficient and the four legs of the line cover most of the city.’
    • ‘The system is efficient and well integrated with overground train, bus and tram routes.’
    • ‘The party ran an efficient system that was designed to control the people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Contracts would be awarded to those who offer efficient services at the best price.’
    • ‘It is highly probable that changing working patterns would produce a more efficient fire service.’
    • ‘One of those institutions is a legal system that is effective, efficient and independent.’
    • ‘The more information the system has, the more efficient and effective it will be.’
    • ‘This way we got to experience the amazingly cheap and efficient Italian railway system.’
    • ‘We are now able to provide the public with an information system that is more efficient and easier to navigate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1[in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I work with a team of women who are really well organised, effective and efficient teachers.’
    • ‘She is efficient enough, but never really inspirational.’
    • ‘I am most impressed with the efficient and professional manner in which my crew responded.’
    • ‘He has also been remembered as an efficient man who was devoted to his farm and his family.’
    • ‘Chris was known widely as an astute and efficient farmer and a devoted family man.’
    • ‘I can guarantee that there will be no problems, the crew is very competent and efficient.’
    • ‘I also know that these sort of things would be a lot easier if people would just be efficient.’
    • ‘He proved to be an efficient administrator and a person who was able to bring out the best in this staff.’
    • ‘They were efficient, and that was the real reason why the others disliked them.’
    • ‘His efficient girlfriend is annoyed when he insists on accompanying her on a research trip to Mexico.’
    • ‘Learn to become more organized with day-to-day activities and a more efficient worker.’
    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/