Meaning of “effort” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /ˈefət/
Extra Examples
The project was a joint effort by all the children in the class.He made no effort to join in.Iceland has made a concerted effort to boost tourism.Every effort is being made to solve the problem.In spite of England's heroic efforts, they lost the match.

B1 an attempt to do something:

[ + to do sth ] We huddled together in an effort to keep warm.
He was making an effort to be sociable.

B1 the energy that you need to do something:

I put a lot of effort into organizing the party.
[ + to do sth ] It would take too much effort to tidy my bedroom.

[ U ] the force that is used to make something move

be an effort

to be difficult or painful:

After his accident, walking was an effort.

(Definition of “effort” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)