|1.||physical or mental exertion, usually considerable when unqualified: the rock was moved with effort|
|2.||a determined attempt: our effort to save him failed|
|3.||achievement; creation: a great literary effort|
|4.||physics an applied force acting against inertia|
|[C15: from Old French esfort, from esforcier to force, ultimately from Latin fortis strong; see |
"Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt." [Ortega y Gasset, 1949]Related: Efforts.
see all out (effort); last-ditch effort.