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  1. [noun] earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
    Synonyms: attempt, endeavor, endeavour, try

  2. [noun] use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
    Synonyms: elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat

  3. [noun] a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
    Synonyms: campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement

  4. [noun] a notable achievement; "he performed a great deed"; "the book was her finest effort"
    Synonyms: deed, feat, exploit


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