1. [ noun ] earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
Synonyms: attempt try endeavor endeavour

: "made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

Related terms: activity shot test shot contribution struggle test best striving essay batting bid takeover_attempt mug's_game crack power_play worst foray seeking research_effort braving liberation try
2. [ noun ] (work) use of physical or mental energy; hard work
Synonyms: exertion sweat travail elbow_grease

"he got an A for effort" "they managed only with great exertion"

Related terms: labor exercise trouble struggle application strain supererogation overkill pull overexertion least_effort friction labor
3. [ noun ] a notable achievement
Synonyms: deed feat exploit

: "he performed a great deed" "the book was her finest effort"

Related terms: accomplishment hit discovery departure touch stunt recovery rally disposal implementation tour_de_force exhumation causing equalization acquiring delivery running_away propulsion mitsvah egress derring-do
4. [ noun ] a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
Synonyms: cause campaign drive movement crusade

"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"

Related terms: venture campaigning advertising_campaign war reform fund-raising_campaign gay_liberation_movement anti-war_movement consumerism ecumenical_movement feminist_movement lost_cause youth_movement force repel drive crusade
Similar spelling:   effortful