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Meaning of “inefficient” in the English Dictionary

"inefficient" in British English

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inefficientadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪn.ɪˈfɪʃ.ənt/
inefficiently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The ​hotel is inefficiently ​run.
inefficiency
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-ən.si/
They were ​accused of gross inefficiency in ​theirhandling of the ​case.
(Definition of inefficient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inefficient" in American English

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inefficientadjective

 us   /ˌɪn·ɪˈfɪʃ·ənt/
wastingtime, ​money, ​energy, or other ​valuable possessions or ​qualities: Many of ​theirindustries are ​hopelessly inefficient.
inefficiency
noun [U]  us   /ˌɪn·ɪˈfɪʃ·ən·si/
She ​promised to end ​government inefficiency.
inefficiently
adverb  us   /ˌɪn·əˈfɪʃ·ənt·li/
He uses his ​time inefficiently.
(Definition of inefficient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inefficient" in Business English

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inefficientadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃənt/
using ​resources such as ​time, ​materials, or ​labour in a way that ​wastes them: There are too many ​big, inefficient ​companies in almost every ​part of the ​economy. extremely/​highly/​increasingly inefficient
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inefficiently
adverb /ˌɪnɪˈfɪʃəntli/
Governments ​spendmoney inefficiently and get little ​return for it.
(Definition of inefficient from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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