Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a notable achievement
    the book was her finest effort
  2. (noun, act) use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    they managed only with great exertion
  3. (noun, act) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    wished him luck in his endeavor
    she gave it a good try
  4. (noun, act) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    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

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Effort

  1. late 15c., from M.Fr. effort, noun of action from O.Fr. esforz, from esforcier "force out, exert oneself," from V.L. *exfortiare "to show strength," from L. ex- "out" + fortis "strong."
    "Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt." [Ortega y Gasset, 1949]
    Related: Efforts. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Effort

evaporate, evaporated, evaporite, evert, everyday

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