effort


effort
effort, exertion, pains, trouble mean the active use or expenditure of physical or mental power in producing or attempting to produce a desired result.
Effort may suggest either a single action or continued activity, but it usually implies consciousness that one is making an attempt or sometimes, even, is laboring or straining to achieve an end
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make a final supreme effort

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the constant effort of the dreamer to attain his ideal— Henry Adams

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utterly absorbed in the writing of a private letter—how you lose count of time and have no sense of disagreeable effortMontague

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Exertion in general stresses the active, often vigorous, exercise of a power or faculty
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the continued exertion of vigilance

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wearied by overexertion

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a . . . man, capable of close application of mind, and great exertion of body— Dickens

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Often, however, especially when not followed by of, exertion means a laborious effort
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his work was done with remarkable grace, but with exertions which it was painful to witness; for he had but one leg, and had to use a crutch— Deland

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Pains implies toilsome or solicitous effort; trouble implies exertion that inconveniences or wastes time and patience
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was at pains to emphasize the nonpolitical character of the visit— Morgenthau

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the Indians had exhaustless patience; upon their blankets and belts and ceremonial robes they lavished their skill and painsCather

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is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble?—Shak.

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"I feel that I am beginning to get a grip of the people . . . ." "I should hope so, after the amount of time and trouble you've taken"— Mackenzie

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Analogous words: *work, labor, toil, travail: energy, force, *power, might, puissance: endeavor, essay (see under ATTEMPT vb)
Antonyms: ease

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  • effort — [ efɔr ] n. m. • esforz 1080; de efforcer 1 ♦ Activité d un être conscient qui mobilise toutes ses forces pour résister ou vaincre une résistance (extérieure ou intérieure). Effort physique, musculaire. Sentiment de l effort (fondement de la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • effort — EFFORT. sub. mas. Action faite en s efforçant, en y employant beaucoup de force. Il se dit Des actions et du corps et de l esprit. Grand effort. Faire le dernier effort. Vain effort. Effort inutile. Employer tous ses efforts. Il en est venu à… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • effort — Effort. s. m. verb. Action faite en s efforçant, en y employant beaucoup de force. Il se dit des actions & du corps & de l esprit. Grand effort. dernier effort. vain effort. inutile effort. faire effort. faire un effort. il ne faut pour cela qu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • effort — UK US /ˈefət/ noun ► [C or U] a serious attempt to do something: an effort to do sth »This is part of an ongoing effort to develop the Asian debt market. »The guidelines require that companies make an effort to engender a culture of ethical… …   Financial and business terms

  • Effort — Ef fort, n. [F. effort, OF. esfort, for esfors, esforz, fr. esforcier. See {Efforce}.] 1. An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • effort — late 15c., from M.Fr. effort, noun of action from O.Fr. esforz force, impetuosity, strength, power, back formation from esforcier force out, exert oneself, from V.L. *exfortiare to show strength (Cf. It. sforza), from L. ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • effort — [ef′ərt] n. [Fr < OFr esforz < esforcier, to make an effort < VL * exfortiare < ex , intens. + * fortiare: see FORCE] 1. the using of energy to get something done; exertion of strength or mental power 2. a try, esp. a hard try;… …   English World dictionary

  • effort — I noun applied energy, arduousness, assiduity, assiduousness, attempt, conatus, contentio, endeavor, essay, exertion, expenditure of energy, hard work, industry, laboriousness, opera, pains, strain, strenuousness, struggle, toil, travail, trial,… …   Law dictionary

  • Effort — Ef fort, v. t. To stimulate. [Obs.] He efforted his spirits. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Effort — (fr., spr. Effohr), Anstrengung, Nachdruck, Kraft; daher Efforciren, sich anstrengen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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