Ef·fort, v. t. To stimulate. [Obs.] “He efforted his spirits.”
1. An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, an effort to scale a wall.
We prize the stronger effort of his power. --Pope.
2. Mech. A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
Syn: -- Endeavor; exertion; struggle; strain; straining; attempt; trial; essay. See Attempt.
n 1: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or
accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the
reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor";
"she gave it a good try" [syn: attempt, endeavor, endeavour,
2: use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A
for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion" [syn:
elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat]
3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward
a particular end; "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" [syn: campaign,
cause, crusade, drive, movement]
4: a notable achievement; "he performed a great deed"; "the
book was her finest effort" [syn: deed, feat, exploit]