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ef·fort

(ef'ŏrt),
Deliberate exertion of physical or mental power.

effort

Expenditure of physical or mental energy.
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She made reasonable progress, entertained for me a vivacious, though perhaps not very profound, affection; and by her simplicity, gay prattle, and efforts to please, inspired me, in return, with a degree of attachment sufficient to make us both content in each other's society.
He rose again to the surface, struggled with the last desperate effort of a drowning man, uttered a third cry, and felt himself sinking, as if the fatal cannon shot were again tied to his feet.
But the peculiarity of their situation afforded Elizabeth and her companion the respite of which they had availed themselves to make the efforts we have recorded.
Our relentless pursuers were now close to us, so close that it seemed that it would be an utter impossibility for the Jeddak of Thark to reach the forest in advance of them, nor was there any considerable will in the efforts that Tars Tarkas made, for the green men of Barsoom do not relish flight, nor ever before had I seen one fleeing from death in whatsoever form it might have confronted him.
With little or no effort he succeeded, and the great bulk rolled inertly upon the turf before him--the ape was dead.
Most of the teachers advised the abandoning of the effort to make bricks.
He sucked and sucked and swallowed the cold snow, his lips quivered but his eyes, still smiling, glittered with effort and exasperation as he mustered his remaining strength.
Nevertheless the bird was determined to save him if she could, and by one last mighty effort she propelled the nest against the rock.
With one mighty effort and a last terrified look round, she popped into a pawnshop.
Tarzan started to descend and investigate the cavern when it occurred to him that it would save effort were he to lure Numa out instead.
If the first effort failed, the following efforts were doomed to fail.
Opposite Bashti, Wiwau lost one of the stones, and, in the effort to recover it, lost the other, which rolled a dozen feet away from the first.