[ 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.
  • 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.
  • One effortlessly got saturation coverage, the other struggled to get noticed, despite the mandatory presence of a celebrity, a suitably weighty one too.
  • Efforts by tobacco companies to stop confectioners selling candy cigarettes in packs resembling cigarette brands seem to have been minimal.
  • However, this happy juxtaposition of Eastern style and Western living has not always been so effortless.
  • But I am now reaping the rewards of this effort in this trip.
  • In an effort to take some of the beguilement out of her young eyes, I make light of your dark and somber task.
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