adjective \i-ˈfi-shənt\

: capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy

Full Definition of EFFICIENT

:  being or involving the immediate agent in producing an effect <the efficient action of heat in changing water to steam>
:  productive of desired effects; especially :  productive without waste <an efficient worker>
ef·fi·cient·ly adverb

Examples of EFFICIENT

  1. <that manual lawn mower is not a very efficient tool for doing a huge yard>
  2. Like a page-turner of a novel, [Nomar] Garciaparra keeps you eager to see what comes next, especially this season, when he will have the most efficient RBI machine in baseball, free-agent signee Manny Ramirez, riding shotgun with him. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 5 Mar. 2001


Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin efficient-, efficiens, from present participle of efficere
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with EFFICIENT


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