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ef·fort

effort

 
 
pronunciation:
e frt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the action of physical or mental energy.
It took great effort to move all that furniture.
synonyms:
labor, work
similar words:
application, endeavor, force, pain, strain, struggle, toil, trouble
definition 2: a hard try; attempt.
Let's make an effort to finish painting the house this week.
synonyms:
attempt, try
similar words:
endeavor, essay, go, push, trial
Word History
Effort comes from an early French word that means "to force oneself."
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The word effort contains the following parts:
ef- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix ef- is an assimilated form of the prefix ex-, used before roots beginning with f, such as "fac" and "fus." See ex-.
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fort2 Latin root that means strong
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