Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “effort”

See all translations

effort

noun [C/U]  /ˈef·ərt/ us  
physical or mental activity needed to achieve something, or an attempt to do something: [C] They met again in an effort to end the strike and get people back to work. [U] It took years to write the book, but it was worth the effort. [U] He established the Help Committee to coordinate the relief effort. [C] Efforts to reach the senator for comment were not successful.
Translations of “effort”
in Korean 노력, 애, 수고…
in Arabic مَسْعى, مُحاوَلة, جُهْد…
in French effort, essai…
in Turkish gayret, çaba, azim…
in Italian sforzo, fatica…
in Chinese (Traditional) 氣力, 精力, 努力…
in Russian попытка, усилие…
in Polish próba, wysiłek, siła czynna…
in Spanish esfuerzo, intento, obra…
in Portuguese esforço…
in German die Anstrengung, der Versuch…
in Catalan esforç…
in Japanese 努力, 労力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 气力, 精力, 努力…
(Definition of effort from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of effort?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “effort” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More