effort

Effort has to do with how much work you're putting into something. A great achievement can also be considered a great effort.

Effort has to do with how hard you're trying. If something is easy, it doesn't take much effort. If it's hard, it takes a lot of effort. Effort is about trying to get something done, even if it doesn't always work out. In sports, coaches don't like losing, but they really hate it when the players aren't giving much effort. There are also large scale, collective efforts, like the effort to cure cancer.

Definitions of effort
  1. noun
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    “he got an A for effort
    synonyms: elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
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    struggle
    strenuous effort
    difficulty, trouble
    an effort that is inconvenient
    least effort, least resistance
    the least effortful way to do something
    strain, straining
    an intense or violent exertion
    exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout
    the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
    pull
    a sustained effort
    application, diligence
    a diligent effort
    overkill
    any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
    supererogation
    an effort above and beyond the call of duty
    overexertion
    excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results
    detrition, friction, rubbing
    effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
    attrition
    the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
    cardiopulmonary exercise
    exercise intended to strengthen the circulatory system
    gymnastic exercise
    (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
    kick up
    raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand
    grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestle, wrestling
    the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
    the devil
    something difficult or awkward to do or deal with
    tsuris
    (Yiddish) aggravating trouble
    exercise set, set
    several exercises intended to be done in series
    anaerobic exercise, bodybuilding, muscle building, musclebuilding
    exercise that builds muscles through tension
    calisthenics, callisthenics
    light exercises designed to promote general fitness
    isometric exercise, isometrics
    muscle-building exercises (or a system of musclebuilding exercises) involving muscular contractions against resistance without movement (the muscles contracts but the length of the muscle does not change)
    isotonic exercise
    exercise in which opposing muscles contract and there is controlled movement (tension is constant while the lengths of the muscles change)
    Kegel exercises, pubococcygeus exercises
    exercises for women designed to improve the ability to hold urine
    stretch, stretching
    exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
    arm exercise
    exercise designed to strengthen the arm muscles
    back exercise
    exercise designed to strengthen the back muscles
    leg exercise
    exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles
    neck exercise
    exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles
    stomach exercise, tummy crunch
    an exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles
    yoga
    a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind
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    labor, labour, toil
    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  2. noun
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    “made an effort to cover all the reading material”
    synonyms: attempt, endeavor, endeavour, try
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    batting
    (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
    best
    the supreme effort one can make
    worst
    the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of
    bid, play
    an attempt to get something
    crack, fling, go, offer, pass, whirl
    a usually brief attempt
    essay
    a tentative attempt
    foray
    an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)
    contribution, part, share
    the part played by a person in bringing about a result
    liberation
    the attempt to achieve equal rights or status
    mug's game
    a futile or unprofitable endeavor
    power play, squeeze, squeeze play
    an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
    seeking
    an attempt to acquire or gain something
    shot, stab
    informal words for any attempt or effort
    shot
    an attempt to score in a game
    nisus, pains, strain, striving
    an effortful attempt to attain a goal
    battle, struggle
    an energetic attempt to achieve something
    takeover attempt
    an attempt to take control of a corporation
    run, test, trial
    the act of testing something
    test, trial
    the act of undergoing testing
    basketball shot
    throwing the basketball toward the hoop
    bear hug
    a takeover bid so attractive that the directors of the target company must approve it or risk shareholder protest
    proxy fight
    a measure used by an acquirer to gain control of a takeover target; acquirer tries to persuade other shareholders that the management of the target should be replaced
    end
    the part you are expected to play
    duel
    any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups)
    scramble, scuffle
    an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
    assay
    a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.
    clinical test, clinical trial
    a rigorously controlled test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on human subjects; in the United States it is conducted under the direction of the FDA before being made available for general clinical use
    double blind
    a test procedure in which the identity of those receiving the intervention is concealed from both the administrators and the subjects until after the test is completed; designed to reduce or eliminate bias in the results
    preclinical phase, preclinical test, preclinical trial
    a laboratory test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on animal subjects; conducted to gather evidence justifying a clinical trial
    audition, tryout
    a test of the suitability of a performer
    field trial
    a test of young hunting dogs to determine their skill in pointing and retrieving
    fitting, try-on, trying on
    putting clothes on to see whether they fit
    MOT, MOT test, Ministry of Transportation test
    a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes
    pilot program, pilot project
    activity planned as a test or trial
    jehad, jihad
    a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
    slapshot
    a fast shot made with a short powerful swing of the hockey stick
    headshot
    an attempt to put the soccer ball into the net by using the head
    Snellen test
    a test of visual acuity using a Snellen chart
    joust, tilt
    a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  3. noun
    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    “contributed to the war effort
    synonyms: campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement
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    ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign
    an organized program of advertisements
    anti-war movement
    a campaign against entering or continuing a war
    charm campaign
    a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support
    consumerism
    a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
    campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign
    the campaign of a candidate to be elected
    fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort
    a campaign to raise money for some cause
    feminism, feminist movement, women's lib, women's liberation movement
    the movement aimed at equal rights for women
    gay lib, gay liberation movement
    the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
    lost cause
    a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
    reform
    a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
    war
    a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
    youth crusade, youth movement
    political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people
    front-porch campaign, front-porch campaigning
    a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel
    hustings
    the activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making)
    whispering campaign
    the organized dissemination of derogatory rumors designed to discredit a candidate
    stumping
    campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)
    sales campaign
    an advertising campaign intended to promote sales
    public-relations campaign
    an advertising campaign intended to improve public relations
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    venture
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
  4. noun
    a notable achievement
    “the book was her finest effort
    synonyms: exploit, feat
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    derring-do
    brave and heroic feats
    hit
    (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)
    rally, rallying
    the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort
    stunt
    a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
    tour de force
    a masterly or brilliant feat
    base hit, safety
    (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
    Russian roulette
    a stunt in which you spin the cylinder of a revolver that is loaded with only one bullet and then point the muzzle at your head and pull the trigger
    acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt
    a stunt performed by an acrobat
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    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
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