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effort

ef·fort

effort

 
pronunciation:
e frt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the use of physical or mental energy.
It took a lot of effort to move all that furniture.
synonyms:
labor, work
similar words:
application, fatigue, struggle, trouble
definition 2: a use of energy in trying to do something; attempt.
Let's make one more effort to finish this work before we go home.
synonyms:
attempt
similar words:
essay, push, trial
Word History
Effort comes from an early French word that means "to force oneself."
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The word effort contains the following parts:
ef- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix ef- is an assimilated form of the prefix ex-, used before roots beginning with f, such as "fac" and "fus." See ex-.
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fort2 Latin root that means strong