Definition of effort :
1. A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
2. 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.
3. To stimulate.
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action (part of speech: noun)
exertion (part of speech: noun)
work (part of speech: noun)
endeavor (part of speech: noun)
- It had cost him real effort to close the doors of his heart against her. - "An Alabaster Box", Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley.
- But the driver made the effort. - "Way of the Lawless", Max Brand.
- I look upon this Play as an effort in this direction, which I trust may be followed by many more. - "The Saint's Tragedy", Charles Kingsley.