1. An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, an effort to scale a wall. "We prize the stronger effort of his power." (Pope)
Origin: F. Effort, OF. Esfort, for esfors, esforz, fr. Esforcier. See Efforce.
(01 Mar 1998)
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