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.
Origin and Etymology of effort
Medieval French, from Old French esforz, esfort, from esforcier to force, from ex- + forcier to force
First Known Use: 15th century
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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