Part of speech: verb

To stimulate.

Part of speech: noun

A voluntary exertion of power; strenuous endeavor; attempt; achievement.

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Usage examples "effort":

  1. And at last she said with an effort: " It would help to pass the time, I daresay. - "The Great Hunger", Johan Bojer.
  2. Give me something for effort; I tried hard enough. - "Four-Day Planet", Henry Beam Piper.
  3. It will be no effort for you to do as you have always done. - "Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science", Hudson Tuttle.