Definition of efficient in English:

efficient

Line breaks: ef¦fi|cient
Pronunciation: /ɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt
 
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adjective

1(Of a system or machine) achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense: more efficient processing of information
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  • If we use only five to eight firms, we will be able to offer a streamlined and more efficient service.
  • In some ways it is a sleek and efficient machine; in others, it is full of flaws.
  • It certainly seemed a very efficient system and one which everyone participates in.
1.1 [in combination] Preventing the wasteful use of a particular resource: an energy-efficient heating system
2(Of a person) working in a well-organized and competent way: an efficient administrator
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  • I work with a team of women who are really well organised, effective and efficient teachers.
  • Learn to become more organized with day-to-day activities and a more efficient worker.
  • Chris was known widely as an astute and efficient farmer and a devoted family man.
Synonyms
well organized, methodical, systematic, structured, well planned, logical, coherent, well regulated, well run, well ordered, orderly, businesslike, systematized, streamlined, productive, effective, labour-saving, cost-effective, energy-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-efficient

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'making, causing', usually in efficient cause): from Latin efficient- 'accomplishing', from the verb efficere (see effect). The current sense dates from the late 18th century.

Derivatives

efficiently

adverb
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  • We all want the phone answered quickly and our inquiries handled efficiently and effectively.
  • They dominate their field and run complex operations incredibly efficiently.
  • The staff efficiently go about the business of making you feel welcome in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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