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Noun: effort  e-fu(r)t
  1. Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    "made an effort to cover all the reading material";
    - attempt, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], try
  2. Use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    "he got an A for effort";
    - elbow grease, exertion, travail [literary], sweat [informal]
  3. A notable achievement
    "the book was her finest effort";
    - feat, exploit
  4. A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    "contributed to the war effort";
    - campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement
  5. Long and tiring mental or physical work, travel, etc.
    "writing the paper was a real effort";
    - slog

Derived forms: efforts

Type of: accomplishment, achievement, activity, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], toil, venture

Encyclopedia: Effort, Pennsylvania