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"efficient" in British English

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efficientadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈfɪʃ.ənt/
B1 working or ​operatingquickly and ​effectively in an ​organized way: The city's ​transportsystem is one of the most efficient in ​Europe. We need someone really efficient who can ​organize the ​office and make it ​runsmoothly.

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efficiently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B2 She ​runs the ​business very efficiently.
(Definition of efficient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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efficientadjective

 us   /ɪˈfɪʃ·ənt/
working or ​operating in a way that gets the ​results you ​want without any ​waste: an efficient ​organization They are ​developing a more fuel-efficient ​car to ​savegas.
efficiently
adverb  us   /ɪˈfɪʃ·ənt·li/
She ​manages the ​business efficiently.
(Definition of efficient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"efficient" in Business English

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efficientadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈfɪʃənt/
using ​resources such as ​time, ​materials, or ​energy well without ​wasting any: an efficient ​method/use/way The ​carcombines an efficient 2.3-liter four-cylinder ​gasengine with a ​batterypack and electric motor. He is a ​leading proponent of broad ​changes in the Postal Service to make it more efficient and ​competitive.
working well and quickly: an efficient ​operation/​service/​system The ​lawyersworking on the ​case were ​skilled, efficient, and ​fair.
efficiently
adverb /ɪˈfɪʃəntli/
Incentives like these encourage ​airlines to ​move the ​maximumnumber of ​passengers as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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(Definition of efficient from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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