efficient


efficient
efficient ef‧fi‧cient [ɪˈfɪʆnt] adjective MANUFACTURING
1. producing goods using as little time, money etc as possible:

• The United States has developed the most efficient methods of food production and distribution.

• Is this really an efficient use of resources?

2. cost-efficient, fuel-efficient etc costing as little as possible, using as little fuel as possible etc:

• energy-efficient light bulbs

3. doing a job quickly and well:

• a very efficient young secretary

• a fast and efficient transport system

— efficiently adverb :

• an efficiently run restaurant

• equipment that distributes electrical power more efficiently

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efficient UK US /ɪˈfɪʃənt/ adjective
using resources such as time, materials, or energy well without wasting any: »

an efficient method/use/way

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The car combines an efficient 2.3-liter four-cylinder gas engine with a battery pack and electric motor.

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He is a leading proponent of broad changes in the Postal Service to make it more efficient and competitive.

working well and quickly: »

an efficient operation/service/system

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The lawyers working on the case were skilled, efficient, and fair.

efficiently /ɪˈfɪʃəntli/ adverb
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Incentives like these encourage airlines to move the maximum number of passengers as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Compare INEFFICIENT(Cf. inefficient)
See also COST-EFFECTIVE(Cf. ↑cost-effective), FUEL-EFFICIENT(Cf. ↑fuel-efficient)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • efficient — efficient, iente [ efisjɑ̃, jɑ̃t ] adj. • 1290; lat. efficiens, de efficere « réaliser » 1 ♦ Philos. Cause efficiente, qui produit un effet (opposé à cause finale). 2 ♦ (1948; angl. efficient) Anglic. (abusif) Efficace, dynamique, capable de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • efficient — ef*fi cient ([e^]f*f[i^]sh ent), a. [L. efficiens, entis, p. pr. of efficere to effect: cf. F. efficient. See {Effect}, n.] Causing effects; producing results; that makes the effect to be what it is; actively operative; not inactive, slack, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -efficient — [e fish′ənt, ifish′ənt; ] often [, ēfish′ənt, əfish′ənt] combining form working or operating efficiently with regard to; making efficient use of [cost efficient, energy efficient] * * * …   Universalium

  • -efficient — [e fish′ənt, ifish′ənt; ] often [, ēfish′ənt, əfish′ənt] combining form working or operating efficiently with regard to; making efficient use of [cost efficient, energy efficient] …   English World dictionary

  • Efficient — Ef*fi cient, n. An efficient cause; a prime mover. [1913 Webster] God . . . moveth mere natural agents as an efficient only. Hooker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • efficient — I adjective able, adroit, capable, competent, deft, dexterous, effective, effectual, expedient, expeditious, expert, functional, habilis, mighty, potent, powerful, practical, productive, proficient, puissant, skilled, skillful associated concepts …   Law dictionary

  • efficient — capable of producing the desired effect, late 14c., making, producing immediate effect, from O.Fr. efficient and directly from L. efficientem (nom. efficiens) effective, efficient, producing, active, prp. of efficere work out, accomplish (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Efficient — can relate to: *Efficiency (and related topics; see link), the technical term often related to energy usage. *Efficient (horse), winner of the 2007 Melbourne Cup. *Inefficiency, a term with a multitude of meanings in economics.disambig to be… …   Wikipedia

  • efficient — [e fish′ənt, ifish′ənt] adj. [ME & OFr < L efficiens, prp. of efficere: see EFFECT] 1. directly producing an effect or result; causative; effective [the efficient cause] 2. producing a desired effect, product, etc. with a minimum of effort,… …   English World dictionary

  • efficient — efficient, ente (è fi si an, an t ) adj. Terme de philosophie scolastique. Cause efficiente, cause qui produit effectivement son effet, une chose. Le soleil est la cause efficiente de la chaleur. •   Aristote admettait comme Platon les causes… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


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