ef·​fi·​cient·​ly i-ˈfi-shənt-lē How to pronounce efficiently (audio)
: in an efficient manner : with success, competence, or adequate effect
working/operating efficiently
finding ways to use fuel more efficiently
Service is efficiently friendly, and the waitstaff knows the menu inside out.Harvey Steiman
At higher elevations, lower air pressure makes it tough for the human body to use oxygen as efficiently as normal.Dennis Coello

Examples of efficiently in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For these airports and others who are gearing up to meet new demand, AI will enable workers to operate more efficiently with less burnout. Brian Tossan, Fortune, 9 May 2024 Elderly and young people are especially at risk, since their bodies can’t cool themselves as efficiently. Matt Simon, WIRED, 9 May 2024 But those general-purpose computers are not necessarily designed to efficiently handle the kind of communication patterns that go on inside a spiking neural network. IEEE Spectrum, 8 May 2024 The space agency is investing in the development of a propulsion system that uses nuclear power to create plasma bursts The future of space travel depends on our ability to reach celestial pit stops faster and more efficiently. Passant Rabie / Gizmodo, Quartz, 8 May 2024 And who better to give advice on traveling efficiently than the very people who do it for a living: flight attendants. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2024 For this home, a central air conditioning system would efficiently cool multiple rooms or zones simultaneously. Sara Kendall, Miami Herald, 7 May 2024 Instead, each car is met with a troop of volunteers, efficiently placing bundles of fresh produce and two weeks' worth of groceries in the trunk — all for free. Simrin Singh, CBS News, 4 May 2024 Land routes provide aid more efficiently but have been restricted by Israel over security concerns. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of efficiently was in 1775

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“Efficiently.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/efficiently. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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