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Definition 1: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something - [noun denoting act]

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

  • made an effort to cover all the reading material
  • wished him luck in his endeavor
  • she gave it a good try

Synonyms for effort in the sense of this definition

(effort is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of effort ) (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base

(... is a kind of effort ) an attempt to acquire or gain something

(... is a kind of effort ) informal words for any attempt or effort

"he gave it his best shot" "he took a stab at forecasting"

(... is a kind of effort ) an attempt to score in a game

(... is a kind of effort ) an effortful attempt to attain a goal

(... is a kind of effort ) an energetic attempt to achieve something

"getting through the crowd was a real struggle" "he fought a battle for recognition"

(... is a kind of effort ) an attempt to take control of a corporation

(... is a kind of effort ) the act of testing something

"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately" "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"

(... is a kind of effort ) an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

"she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"

(... is a kind of effort ) a futile or unprofitable endeavor

(... is a kind of effort ) the attempt to achieve equal rights or status

"she worked for women's liberation"

(... is a kind of effort ) the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result

"I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project" "they all did their share of the work"

(... is a kind of effort ) an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)

"scientists' forays into politics"

(... is a kind of effort ) a tentative attempt

(... is a kind of effort ) a usually brief attempt

"he took a crack at it" "I gave it a whirl"

(... is a kind of effort ) an attempt to get something

"they made a futile play for power" "he made a bid to gain attention"

(... is a kind of effort ) the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of

"it was the worst he had ever done on a test"

(... is a kind of effort ) the supreme effort one can make

"they did their best"

(... is a kind of effort ) the act of undergoing testing

"he survived the great test of battle" "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"

Definition 2: use of physical or mental energy; hard work - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he got an A for effort
  • they managed only with great exertion

Synonyms for effort in the sense of this definition

(effort is a kind of ...) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

(... is a kind of effort ) excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results

(... is a kind of effort ) an effort above and beyond the call of duty

(... is a kind of effort ) any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal

(... is a kind of effort ) a diligent effort

"it is a job requiring serious application"

(... is a kind of effort ) a sustained effort

"it was a long pull but we made it"

(... is a kind of effort ) the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit

"the doctor recommended regular exercise" "he did some exercising" "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"

(... is a kind of effort ) an intense or violent exertion

(... is a kind of effort ) the least effortful way to do something

(... is a kind of effort ) an effort that is inconvenient

"I went to a lot of trouble" "he won without any trouble" "had difficulty walking" "finished the test only with great difficulty"

(... is a kind of effort ) strenuous effort

"the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"

(... is a kind of effort ) effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

Definition 3: a notable achievement - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he performed a great feat
  • the book was her finest effort

Synonyms for effort in the sense of this definition

(effort is a kind of ...) the action of accomplishing something

(... is a kind of effort ) brave and heroic feats

(... is a kind of effort ) (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)

"he came all the way around on Williams' hit"

(... is a kind of effort ) the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort

"he singled to start a rally in the 9th inning" "he feared the rallying of their troops for a counterattack"

(... is a kind of effort ) a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention

(... is a kind of effort ) a masterly or brilliant feat

Definition 4: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he supported populist campaigns
  • they worked in the cause of world peace
  • the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant
  • the movement to end slavery
  • contributed to the war effort

Synonyms for effort in the sense of this definition

(effort is a kind of ...) any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

(... is a kind of effort ) a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

"the war on poverty" "the war against crime"

(... is a kind of effort ) a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

"the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

(... is a kind of effort ) a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable

(... is a kind of effort ) the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression

(... is a kind of effort ) the movement aimed at equal rights for women

(... is a kind of effort ) a campaign to raise money for some cause

(... is a kind of effort ) the campaign of a candidate to be elected

(... is a kind of effort ) a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers

(... is a kind of effort ) a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support

(... is a kind of effort ) a campaign against entering or continuing a war

(... is a kind of effort ) an organized program of advertisements

(... is a kind of effort ) political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people

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