US: /ˈɛfɝt/
UK: /ˈɛfət/

English Vietnamese dictionary

effort /'efət/
  • danh từ
    • sự cố gắng, sự ráng sức; sự cố thử làm
    • sự ra tay
    • kết quả đạt được (của sự cố gắng)

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [U, C] the physical or mental energy that you need to do sth; sth that takes a lot of energy: You should put more effort into your work. + A lot of effort has gone into making this event a success. + The company has invested a great deal of time and effort in setting up new training schemes. + It's a long climb to the top, but well worth the effort. + Getting up this morning was quite an effort (= it was difficult). + (BrE) With (an) effort (= with difficulty) she managed to stop herself laughing.
2 [C] ~ (to do sth) an attempt to do sth especially when it is difficult to do: to make a determined / real / special effort to finish on time + The company has laid off 150 workers in an effort to save money. + I didn't really feel like going out, but I am glad I made the effort. + The local clubs are making every effort to interest more young people. + We need to make a concerted effort to finish on time. + I spent hours cleaning the house, but there isn't much to show for all my efforts. + With an effort of will he resisted the temptation. + The prospect was a joint / group effort.
3 [C] (usually after a noun) a particular activity that a group of people organize in order to achieve sth: the Russian space effort + the United Nations' peacekeeping effort
4 [C] the result of an attempt to do sth: I'm afraid this essay is a poor effort.
Idioms see BEND v.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 exertion, striving, struggle, strain, labour, pains, energy, toil, application, trouble, travail, work, Colloq elbow-grease:
He's gone to a lot of effort to please her. Getting the place cleaned up took a great deal of effort.
2 attempt, endeavour, essay, try, venture, Colloq stab, crack:
Her efforts to be pleasant met with a stony response.
3 achievement, accomplishment, creation, feat, deed, attainment, exploit:
Last year's fund-raising fair was a superb effort.

Collocation dictionary

1 physical/mental energy needed to do sth


considerable | hard
It took a whole day of hard effort to knock down the wall.
| constant, sustained | extra | physical | intellectual, mental


the amount of effort required


demand, need, require, take
It takes constant effort to become fluent in a language.
| devote, expend, put in
All the team members have put in a great deal of effort.
| spare no
No effort has been spared to make this hotel a welcoming, comfortable place.
| be (well) worth
The walk is difficult but well worth the effort.


go into
A lot of effort went into making the costumes.


with/without ~
This can be done quickly and with very little effort.


a great deal of effort

2 attempt to do sth


all-out, big, brave, determined, enormous, great, herculean, heroic, huge, major, remarkable, special, strenuous, superhuman, tremendous, valiant
I can see you have made a big effort to clean up.
| desperate, frantic
their frantic efforts to put out the fire
| final, last, last-ditch
The UN General Secretary flew in in a last-ditch effort to save the talks.
| genuine, positive, real, serious | feeble
She made a feeble effort to smile, then started crying again.
| sporadic
I make sporadic efforts to sort out my files.
| successful | fruitless, futile, unsuccessful | collaborative, collective, concerted, cooperative, joint, team
Students, teachers and families got together in a team effort to decorate the school.
| conscious, deliberate
I have to make a conscious effort to be polite so early in the morning.
| voluntary
The museum relies on the voluntary efforts of enthusiasts.
| fund-raising


make | increase, intensify, redouble, renew, step up
The police have renewed their efforts to find the murderer.
| channel, concentrate, focus
The police channelled their efforts into searching around the river.
| fail in
He failed in h
| resist
The wound resisted all my efforts to stop it bleeding.
| abandon | be rewarded for, reward
Her efforts were rewarded when she won an Oscar.
| applaud
The gallery owner applauded the efforts of firefighters to save the exhibits.


come to nothing, fail


in an/your ~
The club has changed the rules in an effort to make them fairer.
| through sb's ~
Through their efforts, enough money was raised to buy the equipment.


your best efforts
Despite our best efforts, we didn't manage to win the match.
| a reward for your efforts
Second prize was a fair reward for his efforts.
| make every effort
We are making every effort to obtain the release of the hostages.

Concise English dictionary

+earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
+use of physical or mental energy; hard work
+a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
+a notable achievement