1 application, blood, sweat, and tears (informal) elbow grease (facetious) endeavour, energy, exertion, force, labour, pains, power, strain, stress, stretch, striving, struggle, toil, travail (literary) trouble, work
2 attempt, endeavour, essay, go (informal) shot (informal) stab (informal) try
3 accomplishment, achievement, act, creation, deed, feat, job, product, production
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effort ( efforts plural )
1 n-var If you make an effortto do something, you try very hard to do it.
oft N to-inf
He made no effort to hide his disappointment..., Finding a cure requires considerable time and effort., ...his efforts to reform Italian research..., Despite the efforts of the United Nations, the problem of drug traffic continues to grow..., But a concerted effort has begun to improve the quality of the urban air.
2 n-uncount If you say that someone did something witheffort or withan effort, you mean it was difficult for them to do.
WRITTEN usu with N, also a N
She took a deep breath and sat up slowly and with great effort..., With an effort she contained her irritation.
3 n-count An effort is a particular series of activities that is organized by a group of people in order to achieve something.
usu supp N
...a famine relief effort in Angola.
4 n-sing If you say that something is an effort, you mean that an unusual amount of physical or mental energy is needed to do it.
Even carrying the camcorder while hiking in the forest was an effort.
5 If you make the effortto do something, you do it, even though you need extra energy to do it or you do not really want to.
make the effort phrase V inflects, oft PHR to-inf
I don't get lonely now because I make the effort to see people.
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