effort


effort
[[t]e̱fə(r)t[/t]]
efforts
1) N-VAR: oft N to-inf If you make an effort to do something, you try very hard to do it.

He made no effort to hide his disappointment...

Finding a cure requires considerable time and effort...

His efforts to reform and revitalise Italian research have won wide praise...

Despite the efforts of the United Nations, the problem of drug abuse and drug traffic continues to grow...

But a concerted effort has begun to improve the quality of the urban air.

2) N-UNCOUNT: usu with N, also a N If you say that someone did something with effort or with an effort, you mean it was difficult for them to do. [WRITTEN]

She took a deep breath and sat up slowly and with great effort...

With an effort she contained her irritation.

Syn:
Ant:
3) N-COUNT: usu supp N An effort is a particular series of activities that is organized by a group of people in order to achieve something.

...a famine relief effort in Angola.

4) N-SING: a N If you say that something is an effort, you mean that an unusual amount of physical or mental energy is needed to do it.

Even carrying the camcorder while hiking in the forest was an effort.

Syn:
strain, struggle
5) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR to-inf If you make the effort to do something, you do it, even though you need extra energy to do it or you do not really want to.

I don't get lonely now because I make the effort to see people.

6) PHRASE If you do something difficult or painful by an effort of will, you manage to make yourself do it.

It was only by a supreme effort of will and courage that he was able to pull himself together.

7) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that something is worth the effort, you mean that it will justify the energy that you have spent or will spend on it.

Fortunately, the chore of leaf sweeping is well worth the effort.


English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • effort — [ efɔr ] n. m. • esforz 1080; de efforcer 1 ♦ Activité d un être conscient qui mobilise toutes ses forces pour résister ou vaincre une résistance (extérieure ou intérieure). Effort physique, musculaire. Sentiment de l effort (fondement de la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • effort — EFFORT. sub. mas. Action faite en s efforçant, en y employant beaucoup de force. Il se dit Des actions et du corps et de l esprit. Grand effort. Faire le dernier effort. Vain effort. Effort inutile. Employer tous ses efforts. Il en est venu à… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • effort — Effort. s. m. verb. Action faite en s efforçant, en y employant beaucoup de force. Il se dit des actions & du corps & de l esprit. Grand effort. dernier effort. vain effort. inutile effort. faire effort. faire un effort. il ne faut pour cela qu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • effort — UK US /ˈefət/ noun ► [C or U] a serious attempt to do something: an effort to do sth »This is part of an ongoing effort to develop the Asian debt market. »The guidelines require that companies make an effort to engender a culture of ethical… …   Financial and business terms

  • effort — effort, exertion, pains, trouble mean the active use or expenditure of physical or mental power in producing or attempting to produce a desired result. Effort may suggest either a single action or continued activity, but it usually implies… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Effort — Ef fort, n. [F. effort, OF. esfort, for esfors, esforz, fr. esforcier. See {Efforce}.] 1. An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • effort — late 15c., from M.Fr. effort, noun of action from O.Fr. esforz force, impetuosity, strength, power, back formation from esforcier force out, exert oneself, from V.L. *exfortiare to show strength (Cf. It. sforza), from L. ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • effort — [ef′ərt] n. [Fr < OFr esforz < esforcier, to make an effort < VL * exfortiare < ex , intens. + * fortiare: see FORCE] 1. the using of energy to get something done; exertion of strength or mental power 2. a try, esp. a hard try;… …   English World dictionary

  • effort — I noun applied energy, arduousness, assiduity, assiduousness, attempt, conatus, contentio, endeavor, essay, exertion, expenditure of energy, hard work, industry, laboriousness, opera, pains, strain, strenuousness, struggle, toil, travail, trial,… …   Law dictionary

  • Effort — Ef fort, v. t. To stimulate. [Obs.] He efforted his spirits. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Effort — (fr., spr. Effohr), Anstrengung, Nachdruck, Kraft; daher Efforciren, sich anstrengen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.