performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry; competent; capable: a reliable, efficient assistant.
satisfactory and economical to use: Our new air conditioner is more efficient than our old one.
producing an effect, as a cause; causative.
utilizing a particular commodity or product with the least waste of resources or effort (usually used in combination): a fuel-efficient engine.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin efficient- (stem of efficiēns), equivalent to ef- ef- + fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ent- -ent

efficiently, adverb
nonefficient, adjective
nonefficiently, adverb
quasi-efficient, adjective
quasi-efficiently, adverb
superefficient, adjective
unefficient, adjective

1. effectual. See effective.
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efficient (ɪˈfɪʃənt)
1.  functioning or producing effectively and with the least waste of effort; competent
2.  philosophy producing a direct effect; causative
[C14: from Latin efficiēns effecting]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "making," from L. efficientem (nom. efficiens), prp. of efficere "work out, accomplish" (see effect). Meaning "productive, skilled" is from 1787. Related: Efficiently
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Example sentences
No system can perform efficiently when one is looking for a needle in a
  haystack by checking each straw individually.
Ingesting this slower air allows an engine to burn its fuel more efficiently
  while generating the same amount of thrust.
Chewing is important because it enables animals to break down and efficiently
  process many different kinds of vegetation.
To go farther into space, humans will first have to figure out how to get there
  cheaply and more efficiently.
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