|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|