efficient Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “efficient” in the English Dictionary

"efficient" in British English

See all translations

efficientadjective

uk   /ɪˈfɪʃ.ənt/  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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

"efficient" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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.
Compare
(Definition of efficient from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of efficient?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“efficient” in British English

“efficient” in American English

“efficient” in Business English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

nutty

containing, tasting of, or similar to nuts

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More