E e


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ef-ert]
    • /ˈɛf ərt/
    • /ˈefət/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ef-ert]
    • /ˈɛf ərt/

Definitions of effort word

  • noun effort exertion of physical or mental power: It will take great effort to achieve victory. 1
  • noun effort an earnest or strenuous attempt: an effort to keep to the schedule. 1
  • noun effort something done by exertion or hard work: I thought it would be easy, but it was an effort. 1
  • noun effort an achievement, as in literature or art: The painting is one of his finest efforts. 1
  • noun effort the amount of exertion expended for a specified purpose: the war effort. 1
  • noun effort Chiefly British. an organized community drive or achievement. a fund-raising drive. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of effort

First appearance:

before 1480
One of the 25% oldest English words
1480-90; < Middle French; Old French esfort, esforz, derivative of esforcier to force (es- ex-1 + forcier to force)

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Effort


effort popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

effort usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for effort

noun effort

  • training — Railroads. a self-propelled, connected group of rolling stock.
  • attempt — If you make an attempt to do something, you try to do it, often without success.
  • power — a heavy blow or a loud, explosive noise.
  • intention — an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
  • industry — the aggregate of manufacturing or technically productive enterprises in a particular field, often named after its principal product: the automobile industry; the steel industry.

Antonyms for effort

noun effort

  • laziness — lazy evaluation
  • incompetence — the quality or condition of being incompetent; lack of ability.
  • weakness — the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
  • idleness — the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive, or idle: His lack of interest in the larger world and his consummate idleness were the causes of their dreadful divorce.
  • destruction — Destruction is the act of destroying something, or the state of being destroyed.

Top questions with effort

  • how did women help in the war effort?
  • how did the government pay for the war effort?
  • how did rationing support the war effort?
  • what does effort mean?
  • why would labor disputes affect the war effort?
  • which italian state led the unification effort?
  • how did women help the war effort?
  • what groups supported the patriot war effort?
  • what is effort?
  • how do you spell effort?
  • which country led the effort to unify germany?
  • how did thomas paine help the war effort?
  • how did women aid the revolutionary war effort?
  • who rejected the final compromise effort to stop secession?
  • how did african americans support the war effort?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?