efficient

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪˈfɪʃənt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪˈfɪʃənt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(i fishənt)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ef•fi•cient /ɪˈfɪʃənt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. performing or functioning effectively with the least waste of time and effort; competent: an efficient secretary.
ef•fi•cien•cy /ɪˈfɪʃənsi/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
ef•fi•cient•ly, adv. See -fec-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ef•fi•cient  (i fishənt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort;
    having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry;
    competent;
    capable:a reliable, efficient secretary.
  2. satisfactory and economical to use:Our new air conditioner is more efficient than our old one.
  3. producing an effect, as a cause;
    causative.
  4. Businessutilizing a particular commodity or product with maximum efficiency (usually used in combination):a fuel-efficient engine.
ef•ficient•ly, adv. 
  • Latin efficient- (stem of efficiēns), equivalent. to ef- ef- + fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ent- -ent
  • Middle French)
  • Middle English ( 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged effectual. See  effective. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
efficient /ɪˈfɪʃənt/ adj
  1. functioning or producing effectively and with the least waste of effort; competent
  2. producing a direct effect; causative
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin efficiēns effecting
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Collocations: efficient [workers, staff, personnel, management], my [secretary, cleaner] is very efficient, an efficient [method, application, way, manner, means] of , more...

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