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
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.
Recent Examples of effort from the Web
The European Union executive on Wednesday beseeched member states to step up their efforts and show goodwill in helping Italy and Greece cope with the surge in migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
But House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s office said this week that Louisville officials haven’t made any efforts toward a legislative fix or any other measure aimed at addressing California's concerns.
He is accused of breaking the order to promote his immigration enforcement efforts during his 2012 re-election campaign.
Efforts to reach Epic Real Estate officials for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.
Lately, superstar singers have been spending their solo efforts on credibility-boosting concept albums—and outsourcing the manufacture of pure radio bait to a select group of superproducers who specialize in splashy collaborations.
Todd is Zach's stepfather, with his dad, Dick Hoover, also on hand to support Ryan's effort.
While Burbank struggled on offense, its defense and a fine effort from starting pitcher Kym Rudder kept it in the game.
Artists in the Christian music community are rallying behind Wilson in his efforts.
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Origin and Etymology of effort
Middle French, from Old French esforz, esfort, from esforcier to force, from ex- + forcier to force
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
EFFORT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of effort for English Language Learners
: work done by the mind or body : energy used to do something
: a serious attempt to do something
: something produced by work
EFFORT Defined for Kids
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