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effortnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈef·ərt/
physical or ​mentalactivityneeded to ​achieve something, or an ​attempt to do something: [C] They ​met again in an effort to end the ​strike and get ​people back to ​work. [U] It took ​years to write the ​book, but it was ​worth the effort. [U] He ​established the Help Committee to ​coordinate the ​relief effort. [C] Efforts to ​reach the ​senator for ​comment were not ​successful.
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"effort" in British English

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effortnoun

uk   /ˈef.ət/  us   /-ɚt/
B1 [C or U] physical or ​mentalactivityneeded to ​achieve something: [+ to infinitive] If we could all make an effort tokeep this ​officetidier it would ​help. You can't ​expect to have any ​friends if you don't make the effort with ​people. Intheir efforts toreducecrime the ​governmentexpanded the ​policeforce. He's ​jogging around the ​park every ​morning in an effort to get ​fit. It ​takes a ​longtime to ​prepare the ​dish but the ​results are so good that it's worth the effort. [C] the ​result of an ​attempt to ​produce something, ​especially when ​itsquality is ​low or ​uncertain: Do you ​want to have a ​look at his ​exampaper? It's a ​fairlypoor effort.be an effort C2 to be ​difficult, ​tiring, or ​boring to do: I'm ​exhausted all the ​time, and everything is a ​real effort.

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"effort" in Business English

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effortnoun

uk   us   /ˈefət/
[C or U] a serious attempt to do something: an effort to do sth This is ​part of an ongoing effort to ​develop the Asian ​debtmarket. The guidelines ​require that ​companies make an effort to engender a ​culture of ​ethicalcompliance. The new ​system has been ​introduced in an effort toimprovecustomercare. Ensuring the ​product is ​launched on ​time will be a team effort. Over the past ​year, the ​combined efforts of the ​traincompanies has ​produced a 12% ​increase in ​passengerbusiness and a 20% ​expansion of ​freighttraffic.
[U] physical or mental ​activity needed to ​achieve something, or ​energy used to do something: A ​number of ​returns which were prepared ​manually are now ​produced by the ​computer, resulting in ​saving of ​staff time and effort.take/require effort Taking the ​time to compare ​pricesmeans that the ​purchasetakes more effort, but it's usually ​worth it.
(Definition of effort from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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