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effort

noun     /ˈef.ət/ US  /-ɚt/
B1 [C or U] physical or mental activity needed to achieve something: [+ to infinitive] If we could all make an effort to keep this office tidier it would help . You can't expect to have any friends if you don't make any effort with people . In their efforts to reduce crime the government expanded the police force . He's jogging round the park every morning in an effort to get fit . It takes a long time to prepare the dish but the results are so good that it's worth the effort.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort [C] the result of an attempt to produce something, especially when its quality is low or uncertain : Do you want to have a look at his exam paper ? It's a fairly poor effort.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy be an effort C2 to be difficult , tiring , or boring to do: I'm exhausted all the time , and everything is a real effort.
(Definition of effort noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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