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



    BrE BrE//ˈefət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈefərt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the physical or mental energy that you need to do something; something that takes a lot of energy You 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. 2  [countable] an attempt to do something especially when it is difficult to do a determined/real/special effort to make an effort I 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. 3[countable] (usually after a noun) a particular activity that a group of people organize in order to achieve something the Russian space effort the United Nations’ peacekeeping effort
  4. 4[countable] the result of an attempt to do something I'm afraid this essay is a poor effort.
  5. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French, from Old French esforcier, based on Latin ex- ‘out’ + fortis ‘strong’.Extra examples All the team members have put in a great deal of effort. Critics said the plan would undermine efforts to address the current crisis. Despite our best efforts, we didn’t manage to win the game. Diplomatic efforts to end the crisis failed. Districts have not made a good-faith effort to implement public school choice. Governments are pooling their efforts to stem international terrorism. He failed in his efforts to give up smoking. He spearheaded efforts to raise money for the school. Her efforts earned her a Nobel Prize. Her efforts were rewarded when she won an Oscar. I can see you have made a big effort to clean up. I have to make a conscious effort to be polite so early in the morning. I make sporadic efforts to sort out my files. It takes constant effort to become fluent in a language. It took a whole day of hard effort to knock down the wall. No effort has been spared to make this hotel a welcoming, comfortable place. Second prize was a fair reward for his efforts. Senior leaders are investing time and effort in studying the issue. She made a feeble effort to smile, then started crying again. Students, teachers and families got together in a team effort to decorate the school. The Democratic get-out-the-vote effort placed heavy emphasis on the youth vote. The UN General Secretary flew in in a last-ditch effort to save the talks. The club has changed the rules in an effort to make them fairer. The gallery owner applauded the efforts of firefighters to save the exhibits. The museum relies on the voluntary efforts of enthusiasts. The police channelled their efforts into searching around the river. The police have renewed their efforts to find the murderer. The police tried to channel their efforts into searching the forest. The report outlines the efforts undertaken by the industry. The walk is difficult but well worth the effort. The wound resisted all my efforts to stop it bleeding. They launched an AIDS education effort. This can be done quickly and with very little effort. Through their efforts, enough money was raised to buy the equipment. We all appreciate your efforts. We are making every effort to obtain the release of the hostages. We tried to ensure that efforts were not duplicated. We’re targeting our efforts at making our website appealing to younger people. a grass-roots effort by workers to transform their country an outfit which enables you to look good with minimal effort educational efforts targeted at children from ethnic minorities pioneering efforts to restructure the industry the amount of effort required the continuing effort to find the missing girls their frantic efforts to put out the fire Getting up this morning was quite an effort. I didn’t really feel like going out, but I’m glad I made the effort. I spent hours cleaning the house but there isn’t much to show for all my efforts. I’ll make a special effort to finish on time this week. It’s a long climb to the top, but well worth the effort. They met once more in an attempt/​effort to find a solution. a great/​enormous/​strenuous effortIdioms
    bend your mind/efforts to something
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    (formal) to think very hard about or put a lot of effort into one particular thing
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