effort vs feat what difference

what is difference between effort and feat



From Middle French effort, from Old French esfort, deverbal of esforcier (to force, exert), from Vulgar Latin *exfortiō, from Latin ex + fortis (strong).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛfət/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛfɚt/


effort (plural efforts)

  1. The work involved in performing an activity; exertion.
  2. An endeavor.
  3. A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
    • 1858, Macquorn Rankine, Manual of Applied Mechanics
      the two bodies between which the effort acts

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often used with “effort”: conscious, good, poor, etc.


  • struggle

Derived terms



effort (third-person singular simple present efforts, present participle efforting, simple past and past participle efforted)

  1. (uncommon, intransitive) To make an effort.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To strengthen, fortify or stimulate



From Middle French, from Old French esfort, from esforcier; morphologically, deverbal of efforcer. Compare Spanish esfuerzo, Catalan esforç, Portuguese esforço, Italian sforzo.


  • IPA(key): /e.fɔʁ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔʁ


effort m (plural efforts)

  1. effort

Derived terms

  • après l’effort, le réconfort
  • effort de guerre
  • loi du moindre effort

Related terms

  • efforcer


  • Romanian: efort

Further reading

  • “effort” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).


  • offert

Middle French


Old French.


effort m (plural effors)

  1. strength; might; force
  2. (military) unit; division


  • effort on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)

Old French


effort m (oblique plural efforz or effortz, nominative singular efforz or effortz, nominative plural effort)

  1. Alternative form of esfort



  • IPA(key): /fiːt/
  • Homophone: feet
  • Rhymes: -iːt

Etymology 1

From Middle English [Term?], from Anglo-Norman fet (action, deed), from Old French fait, from Latin factum, from facere (to do, to make). Doublet of fact.


feat (plural feats)

  1. A relatively rare or difficult accomplishment.
Derived terms
  • no small feat
  • no mean feat


feat (comparative feater, superlative featest)

  1. (archaic) Dexterous in movements or service; skilful; neat; pretty.
    • 1590, Robert Greene, Greenes Mourning Garment, London: Thomas Newman, “The Shepheards Tale,” p. 17,[2]
      [] she set downe her period on the face of Alexis, thinking he was the fairest, and the featest swaine of all the rest.
    • 1593, Thomas Lodge, Phillis, London: John Busbie, “Induction,”[3]
      Oh you high sp’rited Paragons of witte,
      That flye to fame beyond our earthly pitch,
      Whose sence is sound, whose words are feat and fitte,
      Able to make the coyest eare to itch:
      Shroud with your mighty wings that mount so well,
      These little loues, new crept from out the shell.
    • c. 1609, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act V, Scene 5,[4]
      [] never master had
      A page so kind, so duteous, diligent,
      So tender over his occasions, true,
      So feat, so nurse-like:
    • c. 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene 1,[5]
      And look how well my garments sit upon me;
      Much feater than before:


feat (third-person singular simple present feats, present participle feating, simple past and past participle feated)

  1. (obsolete) To form; to fashion.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act I, Scene 1,[6]
      [] most praised, most loved,
      A sample to the youngest, to the more mature
      A glass that feated them, and to the graver
      A child that guided dotards;

Etymology 2

Clipping of feature. See also the abbreviation feat.


feat (third-person singular simple present feats, present participle feating, simple past and past participle feated)

  1. (transitive, informal) To feature. I


  • EFTA, Fate, TAFE, TFAE, fate, feta

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