Definition of effort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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effort

noun
ˈefət
 
; ˈefərt
 
 
1 [uncountable, countable] the physical or mental energy that you need to do something; something that takes a lot of energyYou should put more effort into your work.A lot of effort has gone into making this event a success.The company has invested a great deal of time and effort in setting up new training schemes.It's a long climb to the top, but well worth the effort.Getting up this morning was quite an effort (= it was difficult). (British English) With (an) effort(= with difficulty) she managed to stop herself laughing.2 [countable] an attempt to do something especially when it is difficult to doa determined/real/special effortto make an effortI didn't really feel like going out, but I am glad I made the effort.effort (to do something) The company has laid off 150 workers in an effort to save money.The local clubs are making every effort to interest more young people.We need to make a concerted effort to finish on time.I spent hours cleaning the house, but there isn't much to show for all my efforts.With an effort of will he resisted the temptation.The project was a joint/group effort.3 [countable] (usually after a noun) a particular activity that a group of people organize in order to achieve somethingthe Russian space effortthe United Nations' peacekeeping effort4 [countable] the result of an attempt to do somethingI'm afraid this essay is a poor effort.
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bend your mind/efforts to something at bend v.