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EFFICIENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does efficient mean? 

EFFICIENT (adjective)
  The adjective EFFICIENT has 2 senses:

1. being effective without wasting time or effort or expense
2. able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively

  Familiarity information: EFFICIENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EFFICIENT (adjective)


Sense 1efficient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being effective without wasting time or effort or expense

Context examples:

an efficient production manager / efficient engines save gas

Similar:

streamlined (made efficient by stripping off nonessentials)

high-octane (used of gasoline; having a high octane number)

expeditious; prompt; timesaving (characterized by speed and efficiency)

economic; economical (using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness)

cost-effective; cost-efficient (productive relative to the cost)

businesslike (exhibiting methodical and systematic characteristics that would be useful in business)

underspent (not spending at the normal rate)

Also:

effective; effectual; efficacious (producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect)

competent (properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient)

Antonym:

inefficient (not producing desired results; wasteful)


Sense 2efficient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively

Synonyms:

effective; efficient

Context examples:

people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons... / effective personnel / an efficient secretary / the efficient cause of the revolution

Similar:

competent (properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient)


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