Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
efficient

ef·fi·cient

efficient

 
pronunciation:
ih fI shnt
features:
Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: operating or performing in an effective and competent manner, with little wasted effort.
The restaurant established an efficient way to train new employees.Google made searching the Internet much more efficient.Because he was an efficient worker, he had time left over to develop some of his own ideas.
 
synonyms:
businesslike, on the ball, operative, timesaving
antonyms:
feckless, inefficient
similar words:
adept, adroit, economical, good, neat, proficient, skillful, taut, thrifty
definition 2: bringing about an effect.
Studies have not found the medication to be efficient.
synonyms:
effective, effectual, efficacious, valid
antonyms:
inefficient
similar words:
active, causative, operating, potent, productive, useful
derivation: efficiently (adv.)
Word Explorer
See
  industry, technology
Word Parts
The word efficient contains the following part:
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".