Meaning of effort

ef•fort

Pronunciation: (ef'urt), [key]
— n.
  1. exertion of physical or mental power: It will take great effort to achieve victory.
  2. an earnest or strenuous attempt: an effort to keep to the schedule.
  3. something done by exertion or hard work: I thought it would be easy, but it was an effort.
  4. an achievement, as in literature or art: The painting is one of his finest efforts.
  5. the amount of exertion expended for a specified purpose: the war effort.
    1. an organized community drive or achievement.
    2. a fund-raising drive.
  6. the force or energy that is applied to a machine for the accomplishment of useful work.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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