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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…
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