- noun the use of physical or mental energy to do something
- noun an act of using the mind or body to do something
- The number of labor units necessary to complete work. Effort is usually expressed in staff hours, staff days or staff weeks and should not be confused with duration.
- (written as Effort)Usually applied to the contribution of a team member in the production of a good or service. It is subject to moral hazard and adverse selection by virtue of it being difficult to observe and calibrate. Not to be confused with cost.
- noun mental or physical energy that is exerted in order to achieve a purpose
Origin & History of “effort”
Etymologically, effort is the ‘putting out’ or ‘showing’ of ‘force’. It comes ultimately from vulgar Latin *exfortiāre, a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and the adjective fortis ‘strong’. this passed into Old French as esforcier ‘force, exert’, from which was derived the noun esforz. English borrowed it in its later form effort.