effort

noun
ef·​fort | \ ˈe-fərt How to pronounce effort (audio) , -ˌfȯrt \

Definition of effort

1 : conscious exertion of power : hard work a job requiring time and effort
2 : a serious attempt : try making an effort to reduce costs
3 : something produced by exertion or trying the novel was her most ambitious effort
4 : effective force as distinguished from the possible resistance called into action by such a force
5 : the total work done to achieve a particular end the war effort

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Examples of effort in a Sentence

He put a lot of effort into finishing the project on time. It wasn't easy, but it was worth the effort. We need to expend more effort. The job will require a great deal of time and effort. Our success is due to the combined efforts of many people. Her efforts were rewarded with a new contract. He lost the campaign despite the best efforts of his supporters. Even though they didn't win, the team made a good effort. Her early efforts at writing a novel were awkward. Despite my best efforts, I never found out who she was.
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Recent Examples on the Web The grievances led to more supporters of recall effort against the governor. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "New York, Maryland open vaccines for anyone over 16 as variants continue to spread. Latest COVID-19 updates," 6 Apr. 2021 We are encouraged by the Biden administration’s recent financial contribution to this effort; however, the delay in providing vaccine doses to these countries until after vaccination has been completed in the U.S. is disturbing. Christopher Jackson, Scientific American, "We Must Enhance—but also Decolonize—America’s Global Health Diplomacy," 5 Apr. 2021 This is a moment for other corporate leaders to join this effort and make their voices heard. Michael Posner, Forbes, "Why Corporate Leaders Must Challenge Voter Suppression In Texas — And Around The Country," 5 Apr. 2021 Having a consistent skin care routine that prevents acne will aid you in this effort. Sydney Poe, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of acne scars," 4 Apr. 2021 Barofsky’s equivalent for this stimulus effort, Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery Brian Miller, has not testified before Congress since taking office in June. Washington Post, "A year after passage of Cares Act, watchdogs struggle to oversee trillions in coronavirus spending," 4 Apr. 2021 Meyer has been spearheading this effort for the Wolves as part of her title in business intelligence, one that not a lot of women have across sports and one that focuses on how data and analytics intersect with the Wolves' gameday experience. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves way ahead of the game as they prepare to open doors to fans," 4 Apr. 2021 Barofsky’s equivalent for this stimulus effort, Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery Brian Miller, has not testified before Congress since taking office in June. Anchorage Daily News, "A year after passage of Cares Act, watchdogs struggle to oversee trillions in coronavirus spending," 4 Apr. 2021 On March 24, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris would be in charge of overseeing this effort. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "What to Know About What's Happening to Unaccompanied Minors at the Border," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of effort

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for effort

Middle French, from Old French esforz, esfort, from esforcier to force, from ex- + forcier to force

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The first known use of effort was in the 15th century

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9 Apr 2021

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“Effort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effort. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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effort

noun

English Language Learners Definition of effort

: work done by the mind or body : energy used to do something
: a serious attempt to do something
: something produced by work

effort

noun
ef·​fort | \ ˈe-fərt How to pronounce effort (audio) \

Kids Definition of effort

1 : hard physical or mental work : exertion The job took great effort.
2 : a serious attempt : try Make an effort to arrive on time.
3 : something produced by work This photo is one of my best efforts.

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