Definition of effort in English:

effort

noun

  • 1A vigorous or determined attempt.

    ‘in an effort to reduce inflation, the government increased interest rates’
    • ‘The first skateboard park at a Scottish school is set to open in an effort to battle teenage inactivity.’
    • ‘Mr Fuller added that the school has made sacrifices in expenditure and eight staff have taken promotions with no pay rise in an effort to reduce costs.’
    • ‘Dieters often cut back on protein in an effort to reduce calories and lose weight.’
    • ‘It has sold shares and assets and shed costs in an effort to reduce debt.’
    • ‘Smokeless braziers have been introduced in an effort to reduce air pollution in homes and the broader community.’
    • ‘Will the government's effort to marry off more low-income single parents ease poverty?’
    • ‘And when their efforts again prove mostly fruitless, the cycle starts anew.’
    • ‘A number of changes have been made in an effort to reduce the problems experienced in the past.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination was being held yesterday in an effort to determine the exact cause of death.’
    • ‘Today's efforts go far beyond the wellness fairs and free cholesterol screenings that first cropped up in the 1990s.’
    • ‘The company said it will also dispose of 12,000 surplus freight cars in an effort to reduce costs.’
    • ‘Of course, some efforts only go so far.’
    • ‘A department store is offering customers a parking fee refund in an effort to spark a campaign to lure shoppers back into York city centre.’
    • ‘Primary schools launched a safety campaign yesterday in an effort to prevent child deaths on our roads.’
    • ‘Clean Calgary and the City of Calgary are teaming up again in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage being generated locally.’
    • ‘The implementation of this workplace smoking ban is crucial in an effort to reduce these unnecessary deaths.’
    • ‘In an effort to reduce the numbers of cars on the road, licence plates are rationed.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire County Council is to lobby the Government in an effort to reduce the use of disposable nappies.’
    • ‘Eggs laid in the dovecote will be removed regularly in an effort to humanely reduce the size of the flock.’
    • ‘The warning has been made by the Royal Life Saving Society in an effort to reduce the number of drowning-deaths.’
    try, attempt, endeavour, strive, seek, exert oneself, do one's best, labour, work, toil, struggle, apply oneself
    undertake, aim, set out, take it on oneself
    have a bash, have a crack, have a go, have a shot, have a stab
    give it a burl, give it a fly
    essay
    assay
    attempt, try, endeavour
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    1. 1.1The result of an attempt.
      ‘he was a keen gardener, winning many prizes for his efforts’
      • ‘She had a fish theme to her headwear and secured a special prize for her efforts.’
      • ‘Alan Walsh came close to reducing the deficit but his effort was wide of the mark.’
      • ‘Those involved with the group are wished every success in their fine efforts.’
      • ‘Henri Camara has Celtic's first shot, a decent effort forcing Valdes into a diving but comfortable save.’
      • ‘Helliwell almost bagged a goal with an effort that forced a superb save from the visitors' keeper.’
      • ‘The film was more visually successful than previous efforts.’
      • ‘One of the more successful efforts is about a soldier home on leave.’
      • ‘Hayden also saw a goal effort go narrowly wide in the 25th minute.’
      • ‘She will pocket all the prize money his efforts bring in over the next year.’
      • ‘Their latest effort looks set to continue the journey towards making them one of the biggest bands in the world - and deservedly so.’
      • ‘Graham and the team have now been presented with a wooden spoon booby prize for their efforts.’
      • ‘Apart from a few solo efforts, the Air Force team was no match at either end of the court in the men's games.’
      • ‘Her efforts were well worthwhile and, not surprisingly, the article won £1,000.’
      • ‘The efforts were entirely successful and a wonderful day was enjoyed by a very large number of people.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun]Strenuous physical or mental exertion.
      ‘achieving independence requires some effort and self-discipline’
      • ‘He put huge physical and mental effort into achieving this goal, chasing his dream from his native Austria to London and on to California.’
      • ‘Moreover, modern rifles don't possess bows or strings either, and require little physical effort to load.’
      • ‘I'm being sensible, keeping up the liquids and avoiding excessive physical effort but even so it's beginning to get to me.’
      • ‘With a little more mental effort from wise people like yourselves, it could be improved.’
      • ‘Computers supply answers at the press of a key, with no mental effort needed.’
      • ‘Both teams gave absolutely everything in terms of physical effort but neither quite had the cutting edge to break through.’
      • ‘And, in our own small way, we must try and make some kind of physical effort.’
      • ‘The other things, like homework, require mental effort that they can see no result from and does not satisfy their needs.’
      • ‘Irene and I managed to get to church together, which requires heroic effort on her part.’
      • ‘In the meantime I don't really feel much like blogging - it just requires too much mental effort at the moment.’
      • ‘The sheer physical effort wasn't bad, but after a while the psychological pressure began to mount.’
      • ‘It takes a great deal of mental effort to keep in mind the fact that whatever is happening is just plain fiction.’
      • ‘This is not so much due to time constraints as due to the fact that I don't feel like putting intense mental effort into it.’
      • ‘She's also more easily distracted, so multitasking requires extra mental effort.’
      • ‘He used to suffer from bad headaches and had to avoid all mental effort.’
      • ‘It then took only a slight mental effort to isolate a moment within that time stream and to observe it.’
      • ‘The effort he puts into his swing is not a great amount of physical effort.’
      • ‘It requires a lot of effort, talent and hard work to make programming that sustains both critical and popular acclaim.’
      • ‘We could organise a party here of course, but that requires more effort and energy than I currently have.’
      • ‘Using a bicycle or walking is definitely an alternative, but both require physical effort.’
    3. 1.3[with modifier]The activities of a group of people with a common purpose.
      ‘the war effort’
      • ‘I am working to organize a disaster relief effort to help those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami.’
      • ‘About 40 industry members have been recruited to work on the war effort.’
      • ‘Her initial duties were to take over clerical work from men who had joined the war effort.’
      • ‘War complicated the relief effort, but was not the primary problem.’
      • ‘The biggest emergency aid effort in history was under way last night to bring relief to millions hit by the Asian tsunami.’
      • ‘Children were also expected to contribute to the war effort in every way they could, with many leaving school to start work.’
      • ‘If you hamper the war effort on one side, you automatically help out that of the other.’
      • ‘An unprecedented joint team rescue effort was launched with Sherpas and westerners fighting to bring him back down.’
      • ‘The emergency relief effort has swung into massive action in New Orleans and along the Gulf.’
      • ‘Foremost is the need to develop a coherent policy framework to coordinate the reconstruction effort.’
      • ‘They have begun to take key towns and cities and captured a critical port so that the humanitarian relief effort is already under way.’
      • ‘He's heading the relief effort on behalf of the United Nations.’
      • ‘Seeing the reaction and the reception of the people so far, makes the war effort seem worthwhile.’
      • ‘Following a concerted fundraising effort by the local community, Manorlands Hospice first opened its doors in 1974.’
      • ‘He moved to England to take part in the war effort and initially worked as a surgeon in London's east end, treating civilian casualties.’
      • ‘"It is urgent that students and professors who support the war effort not be intimidated, " they write.’
      • ‘At first Mrs Bounds suggested people should simply donate cash to the relief effort, keen not to get in the way of work the aid agencies were doing.’
      • ‘I wanted to help in the war effort, of course, but I was pulled in two different ways.’
      • ‘I was given a deferment because the work that was being done was essential to the war effort.’
      • ‘He said that the two countries would co-ordinate their lobbying efforts.’
  • 2technical A force exerted by a machine or in a process.

    • ‘The mechanical advantage, which we shall call simply the advantage, is the ratio of the load to the effort.’
    • ‘They allow tailoring a machine's effort and energy to meet the load's requirements for optimum efficiency.’
    • ‘The tractive effort of the machine seems weak, especially in this deep snow that we have now.’
    • ‘The speed reached by such a body depends on the ratio of the effort exerted to the resistance offered.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from French, from Old French esforcier, based on Latin ex- out + fortis strong.

Pronunciation:

effort

/ˈɛfət/