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effort

ef·fort

effort

 
pronunciation:
e frt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the exertion of physical or mental energy.
Can you imagine the tremendous effort it took to build the pyramids?You won't succeed in this if you don't put any effort into it.
synonyms:
exertion, labor, work
similar words:
application, elbow grease, endeavor, fatigue, force, pain, strain, struggle, toil, trouble
definition 2: exertion that requires substantial power or will.
Finishing the project was an effort, but it was worth it in the end.After the accident, she could only walk with intense effort.
synonyms:
struggle, travail
antonyms:
ease
similar words:
application, endeavor, exertion, strain, toil
definition 3: an attempt.
Unfortunately, our first effort to raise the money was a failure.
synonyms:
attempt, try
similar words:
endeavor, essay, go, push, trial
definition 4: something done as the result of exertion; achievement.
We appreciate his efforts on our behalf.
synonyms:
deed, work
similar words:
achievement, act, exertion, exploit, feat, pain, struggle, toil, trouble
Word History
Effort comes from an early French word that means "to force oneself."
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Word Parts
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