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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun effort:

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Definition of the noun effort

What does effort mean as a name of something?

Effort is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: efforts

  1. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  2. use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  3. a notable achievement
    • example: the book was her finest effort
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of effort: exploit / feat
    • more generic words: accomplishment / achievement = the action of accomplishing something
    • more specific terms:
      • derring-do = brave and heroic feats
      • hit = a successful stroke in an athletic contest
      • rallying / rally = the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort
      • stunt = a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat
      • tour de force = a masterly or brilliant feat
  4. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

Alternative definition of the noun effort


  1. The amount of work involved in performing an activity; exertion.
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  3. An endeavour.

Specialised definition of the noun effort

Glossary of sports

mental or physical energy that is exerted in order to achieve a purpose (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb effort

What does effort mean as a doing word?


  1. [uncommon] To make an effort.


Effort a.k.a. Effort, Pennsylvania: Effort is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States. Effort is located along Pennsylvania Route 115 2.5 miles northwest of Brodheadsville. Effort has a post office with ZIP code 18330. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,269.

Phrases with Effort

  1. Effort Distance
  2. least effort
  3. Made an Effort
  4. Make an Effort
  5. waste of effort
  6. Centre of Effort
  7. fund-raising effort

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Effort

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Google previewSociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English (2001)

by Sonja L. Lanehart

Controlled experiments are designed as efforts to change one part of the world while keeping another part constant or un- changed. Success or failure in that effort is the crucial test of the theory. It will be argued here that linguistics that begins ...

Google previewDecide and Deliver (2010)

Five Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organization by Marcia Blenko, Michael C. Mankins, Paul Rogers

Effort is the time, trouble, expense, and sheer emotional energy it takes to make and execute a decision. How many committees must a...

Effort is a little different from the other three elements of decision effectiveness. It's like a tax—necessary, ...

Google previewMeasuring Fiscal Decentralization (2011)

Exploring the IMF’s Databases by International Monetary Fund

Tax effort is the fiscal indicator with the lowest dispersion both in terms of the cross-section and over time. The crosssectional range (highest minus the lowest ratio) for tax effort is 52 percent, similar to the one for revenue (53 percent) which ...

Google previewLife History Evolution in Plants (2001)

by Timo Olavi Vuorisalo, P. Mutikainen

An important consequence of the modular subdivision of the reproductive effort is that it reduces the likelihood of failure of sexual reproduction . This is due to several factors. First, the reproductive capacity of a large number of ...

Google previewThe Science of Learning (2006)

A Systems Theory Perspective by Robert T. Hays

“Performance means actual accomplishment, whereas effort refers to whether the individual is engaged in actions aimed at accomplishing the task” (Keller, 1983, p . 391, authors emphasis). Therefore, effort is an indicator of motivation while ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia of Bible Words (2016)

by Lawrence O. Richards

Salvation, the Scriptures insist, "does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy" (Ro 9:16). Good works give no access to relationship with God. (See WORKS) Yet in a number of places the NIV repeats the phrase ...

Google previewThe Advanced Dictionary of Marketing (2008)

Putting Theory to Use by Scott Dacko

least effort, principle of Weiss, R. F. (1968). 'An Extension of Hullian Learning Theory to Persuasive Communication,' in A. G. Greenwald, T. C. Brock, and T. M. Ostrum (eds.), Psychological Foundations of Attitudes. New York: Academic ...

Google previewDictionary of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga (1992)

by Madhav Pundalik Pandit, Sri Aurobindo

EFFORT. It is not advisable in the early stages of the sadhana to leave everything to the Divine or expect everything from it without the need of one's own endeavour. That is only possible when the psychic being is in front and influencing the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of the Linguistic Sciences (2008)

Issues and Theories by Vennelakaṇṭi Prakāśaṃ

Such attempts were supported by a parallel effort of the German philosophizing school whose origins went back to the middle of the 19th century (its spiritual initiator having been Wilhelm von Humboldt). Scholars backing this school compared ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Medica (1900)

by Chalmers Watson

Even trained athletes sometimes after exceptional physical effort ...

Google previewDictionary of Global Climate Change (2008)

Some of the items that need to be included in any programme for comparing the costs of different strategies can be made by considering four scenarios: Business -as-Usual, Moderate Effort and Concerted Effort, and Surprise. The different ...

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Quotes about Effort

I was too green to know that all cynicism masks a failure to cope -- an impotence, in short; and that to despise all effort is the greatest effort of all. (John Fowles)
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Scrabble value of E1F4F4O1R1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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