Definition of effort
- a job requiring time and effort
- making an effort to reduce costs
- the novel was her most ambitious effort
- the war effort
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: work done by the mind or body : energy used to do something
: a serious attempt to do something
: something produced by work
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