- 1A vigorous or determined attempt: hammer birdhouses to country fenceposts in an effort to bring back the eastern bluebirdMore example sentences
- Clean Calgary and the City of Calgary are teaming up again in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage being generated locally.
- Mr Fuller added that the school has made sacrifices in expenditure and eight staff have taken promotions with no pay rise in an effort to reduce costs.
- The warning has been made by the Royal Life Saving Society in an effort to reduce the number of drowning-deaths.
- 1.1The result of an attempt: he was a keen gardener, winning many prizes for his effortsMore example sentences
- She had a fish theme to her headwear and secured a special prize for her efforts.
- She will pocket all the prize money his efforts bring in over the next year.
- Graham and the team have now been presented with a wooden spoon booby prize for their efforts.
- 1.2Strenuous physical or mental exertion: the doctor spared no effort in helping my fatherMore example sentences
- He put huge physical and mental effort into achieving this goal, chasing his dream from his native Austria to London and on to California.
- In the meantime I don't really feel much like blogging - it just requires too much mental effort at the moment.
- Using a bicycle or walking is definitely an alternative, but both require physical effort.
- 1.3 • technical A force exerted by a machine or in a process.More example sentences
- The tractive effort of the machine seems weak, especially in this deep snow that we have now.
- The speed reached by such a body depends on the ratio of the effort exerted to the resistance offered.
- The mechanical advantage, which we shall call simply the advantage, is the ratio of the load to the effort.
- 1.4 [with modifier] The activities of a group of people with a common purpose: the war effortMore example sentences
- War complicated the relief effort, but was not the primary problem.
- About 40 industry members have been recruited to work on the war effort.
- They have begun to take key towns and cities and captured a critical port so that the humanitarian relief effort is already under way.
- More example sentences
- Shopping for cars turns out to be even less interesting and more effortful than shopping for shoes.
- It is a commonly reported experience that improvement in golf, as in any highly skilled behavior, requires extensive and effortful practice with feedback.
- Yoga practice is not necessarily relaxing; it trains us to be centered, awake, confident and flexible within effortful situations.
- More example sentences
- And try as they might, the cast don't breathe life into the play's effortfully rhyming lyrics and his clunky dialogue.
- A frail, impossibly iconic 24-year-old, he is self - effacing and enigmatic to the point where you begin to suspect an effortfully concealed self-regard.
- The acting in all this is earnestly, effortfully bland.
late 15th century: from French, from Old French esforcier, based on Latin ex- 'out' + fortis 'strong'.