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
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
noun a notable achievement
- he performed a great feat
- the book was her finest effort
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
, OF. esfort
, for esfors
, fr. esforcier
. See Efforce
- 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.
- (Mech.) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
Syn. -- Endeavor; exertion; struggle; strain; straining; attempt; trial; essay. See Attempt.
Ef"fort transitive verb
- To stimulate. Obs. "He efforted his spirits."
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