UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɛfərt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɛfɚt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(efərt)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ef•fort /ˈɛfɚt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the use of physical or mental power:[uncountable]It will take great effort to achieve a victory.
  2. [countable] a try;
    an attempt.
  3. [countable] something done by hard work.
ef•fort•less, adj. 
ef•fort•less•ly, adv. See -fort-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ef•fort  (efərt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. exertion of physical or mental power:It will take great effort to achieve victory.
  2. an earnest or strenuous attempt:an effort to keep to the schedule.
  3. something done by exertion or hard work:I thought it would be easy, but it was an effort.
  4. an achievement, as in literature or art:The painting is one of his finest efforts.
  5. the amount of exertion expended for a specified purpose:the war effort.
  6. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]
    • an organized community drive or achievement.
    • a fund-raising drive.
  7. Mechanicsthe force or energy that is applied to a machine for the accomplishment of useful work.
  • Middle French; Old French esfort, esforz, derivative of esforcier to force (es- ex-1 + forcier to force)
  • 1480–90
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged struggle, striving.
      Effort, application, endeavor, exertion imply actions directed or force expended toward a definite end.
      Effort is an expenditure of energy to accomplish some objective:He made an effort to control himself.Application is continuous effort plus careful attention:constant application to duties.Endeavor means a continued and sustained series of efforts to achieve some, often worthy and difficult, end:a constant endeavor to be useful.Exertion is the vigorous and often strenuous expenditure of energy, frequently without an end:out of breath from exertion.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
effort /ˈɛfət/ n
  1. physical or mental exertion, usually considerable when unqualified
  2. a determined attempt
  3. achievement; creation
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French esfort, from esforcier to force, ultimately from Latin fortis strong; see force1

ˈeffortful adj
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Collocations: a [joint, global, cooperative] effort, a [desperate, deliberate, concerted, great] effort, [good, nice] effort!, more...

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