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effort Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    try; endeavor; attempt; endeavour.
    • made an effort to cover all the reading material
    • wished him luck in his endeavor
    • she gave it a good try
  2. noun use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    exertion; elbow grease; travail; sweat.
    • he got an A for effort
    • they managed only with great exertion
  3. noun a notable achievement
    exploit; feat.
    • he performed a great feat
    • the book was her finest effort
  4. noun a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    campaign; cause; drive; crusade; movement.
    • he supported populist campaigns
    • they worked in the cause of world peace
    • the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant
    • the movement to end slavery
    • contributed to the war effort

Ef"fort noun
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 directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, an effort to scale a wall.
    We prize the stronger effort of his power. Pope.
  2. (Mech.) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion. Rankine. Syn. -- Endeavor; exertion; struggle; strain; straining; attempt; trial; essay. See Attempt.
Ef"fort transitive verb
  1. To stimulate. Obs. "He efforted his spirits." Fuller.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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