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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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