[ UK /ˈɛfət/ ]
[ US /ˈɛfɝt/ ]
  1. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    contributed to the war effort
    the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant
    he supported populist campaigns
    they worked in the cause of world peace
    the movement to end slavery
  2. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    made an effort to cover all the reading material
    she gave it a good try
    wished him luck in his endeavor
  3. a notable achievement
    the book was her finest effort
    he performed a great feat
  4. use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    he got an A for effort
    they managed only with great exertion
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How To Use effort In A Sentence

  • Spending on a perennial effort to expand gambling at race tracks, known as "racino," increased four-fold to about $620,000 in 2010. StarTribune.com rss feed
  • Rose of Sharon braced her body against the movements of the car in an effort to protect her fetus.
  • It is just as well that this doubly weighty volume, which offers a lot of poems for the pound, tends to reward the effort it demands. The Times Literary Supplement
  • A few talented writers en dowed with originality and exceptional animation, a few brilliant efforts, isolated, without following, interrupted and recommenced, did not suffice to endow a nation with a solid and imposing basis of literary wealth. Literary and Philosophical Essays: French, German and Italian
  • Not that I'm denigrating the effort - I'm good for a few quid once I've got a few beers in me later tonight - but the enforced jollity does occasionally grate.
  • She puts a lot of time and effort into it but she is also a laugh. Times, Sunday Times
  • A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive. Walt Disney 
  • This tolerance has practical application in bioremediation and in efforts to colonize polluted sites.
  • It would seem that efforts to train stalkers to high standards have been successful, and I would agree with that conclusion.
  • The food fares well in terms of freshness, quantity and effort, and there's a made-to-order pasta bar and a station where roast beef is carved before your eyes.
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