effort [ef′ərt]
[Fr < OFr esforz < esforcier, to make an effort < VL * exfortiare < ex-, intens. + * fortiare: see FORCE]
1. the using of energy to get something done; exertion of strength or mental power
2. a try, esp. a hard try; attempt; endeavor
3. a product or result of working or trying; achievement
SYN.- EFFORT implies a conscious attempt to achieve a particular end [make some effort to be friendly ]; EXERTION implies an energetic, even violent, use of power, strength, etc., often without reference to any particular end [she feels faint after any exertion]; ENDEAVOR suggests an earnest, sustained attempt to accomplish a particular, usually meritorious, end [a life spent in the endeavor to do good ]; pains (see PAIN, n. 5) suggests a laborious, diligent attempt [to take pains with one's work ] -ANT. EASE

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