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noun effort pronunciation in British English /ˈefə(r)t/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an attempt to do something that is difficult or that involves hard work
    an effort to do something: The restructuring was part of an effort to boost company profits.
    in an effort to do something: Detectives are talking to other witnesses in an effort to corroborate her confession.
    make an effort to do something: I’ve made an effort to drink less tea and coffee.
    make little/no effort: The drivers made no efforts to check their vehicles.
    an effort of will/imagination/memory: She was trembling violently, but with a determined effort of will she stopped.
    despite someone’s efforts: The man died despite the doctors’ efforts to revive him.
    a concerted/joint effort (=made together): a concerted effort by the nations of the world to protect our environment
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] physical or mental energy needed to do something
    The aim is to obtain maximum reward for minimum effort.
    physical/mental effort: The sheer physical effort of shopping is a burden to most of us.
    take/require effort: Writing a book requires a lot of time and effort.
    put effort into something: Mary put a lot of effort into this project.
    with an effort: Nathan controlled his temper with an effort.
  3. 3
    [countable] the activities of people who are working together to achieve a particular aim
    international relief efforts
  4. 4
    [countable] informal something that someone produces or creates, often something of poor quality
    His first effort in 1991 was a collection of short stories.
    As smiles went it was a poor effort.
  5. 5
    [countable] mainly journalism an attempt to score a goal in football




a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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