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Definition 1: being effective without wasting time or effort or expense - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where efficient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an efficient production manager
  • efficient engines save gas

(efficient is similar to ...) exhibiting methodical and systematic characteristics that would be useful in business

(efficient is similar to ...) productive relative to the cost

(efficient is similar to ...) using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness

"an economic use of home heating oil" "a modern economical heating system" "an economical use of her time"

(efficient is similar to ...) marked by speed and efficiency

(efficient is similar to ...) used of gasoline; having a high octane number

(efficient is similar to ...) made efficient by stripping off nonessentials

"short streamlined meetings" "a streamlined hiring process"

(means also ...) properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

"a competent typist"

(means also ...) producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect

"an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation" "effective teaching methods" "effective steps toward peace" "made an effective entrance" "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action" "an efficacious law"

Definition 2: able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where efficient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons...
  • effective personnel
  • an efficient secretary
  • the efficient cause of the revolution

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(efficient is similar to ...) properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

"a competent typist"

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