effort - definition and synonyms


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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 doctorsefforts 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
  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
  6. 6
    [singular/uncountable] physics the force used on a machine of any type in order to make it able to move an object