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Meaning of EFFICIENT

Pronunciation:  i'fishunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively; "people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel"; "an efficient secretary"; "the efficient cause of the revolution"
  2. [adj]  being effective without wasting time or effort or expense; "an efficient production manager"; "efficient engines save gas"

EFFICIENT is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: businesslike, competent, cost-effective, cost-efficient, economic, economical, effective, expeditious, high-octane, prompt, streamlined, timesaving, underspent
 Antonyms: inefficient
 See Also: effectual, efficacious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ef*fi"cient\, 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
    incapable; characterized by energetic and useful activity;
    as, an efficient officer, power.
          The efficient cause is the working cause. --Wilson.
    Syn: Effective; effectual; competent; able; capable;
         material; potent.
  2. \Ef*fi"cient\, n.
    An efficient cause; a prime mover.
          God . . . moveth mere natural agents as an efficient
          only.                                    --Hooker.
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