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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Yes, ECUs so equipped will brick themselves if malicious code is introduced into theirs—but that’s separate from tuning efforts. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette's Engine Computer is Tuner-Resistant? We Think Not," 30 May 2019 Another low-effort way to up your fiber haul is by swapping out foods made with refined grains, which are stripped of most of their fiber content during processing, for versions made with whole grains, as SELF previously reported. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 2019 After Steve Irwin's tragic death in 2006, his family—wife Terri, daughter Bindi, and son Robert—have honored his legacy by continuing his wildlife conservation efforts with the Australia Zoo. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Is Bindi Irwin Engaged to Boyfriend Chandler Powell? All About Their Sweet Relationship," 27 May 2019 Ultimately, Bella and Brian’s collaborative efforts landed them an exhibition in Malibu at the Malibu Lumberyard, which opened in March and closes this weekend. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "This 13 Year-Old Girl Recreated Vogue's Frida Kahlo Cover," 24 May 2019 The garden forms part of Her Royal Highness’s ongoing work on early childhood development and her mission to support efforts that give every child the best possible start in life. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, envoy of international negotiations, have been leading efforts to write the plan, but so far, there’s been no participation from the Palestinians. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan," 20 May 2019 This followed a brouhaha in which Sanford and Joan Weill’s efforts to change the name of upstate New York’s Paul Smith’s College to Joan Weill–Paul Smith’s College were rebuffed in court. Dan Duray, Town & Country, "When Is a High-Maintenance Donor Not Worth the Trouble?," 20 May 2019 In 2018, Huron’s new Green Raiteros rural ride-sharing program formalized her efforts. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019

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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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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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