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English noun: effort

1. effort (act) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

SamplesMade an effort to cover all the reading material.
Wished him luck in his endeavor.
She gave it a good try.

Synonymsattempt, endeavor, endeavour, try

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)batting, battle, best, bid, contribution, crack, essay, fling, foray, go, liberation, mug's game, nisus, offer, pains, part, pass, play, power play, run, seeking, share, shot, shot, squeeze, squeeze play, stab, strain, striving, struggle, takeover attempt, test, test, trial, trial, whirl, worst

2. effort (act) use of physical or mental energy; hard work

SamplesHe got an A for effort.
They managed only with great exertion.

Synonymselbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail

Broader (hypernym)labor, labour, toil

Narrower (hyponym)application, detrition, difficulty, diligence, exercise, exercising, friction, least effort, least resistance, overexertion, overkill, physical exercise, physical exertion, pull, rubbing, strain, straining, struggle, supererogation, trouble, workout

3. effort (act) a notable achievement

SamplesHe performed a great feat.
The book was her finest effort.

Synonymsexploit, feat

Broader (hypernym)accomplishment, achievement

Narrower (hyponym)derring-do, hit, rally, rallying, stunt, tour de force

4. effort (act) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymscampaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement

Broader (hypernym)venture

Narrower (hyponym)ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign, anti-war movement, campaigning, candidacy, candidature, charm campaign, consumerism, electioneering, feminism, feminist movement, fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort, gay lib, gay liberation movement, lost cause, political campaign, reform, war, women's lib, women's liberation movement, youth crusade, youth movement

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