Meaning of EFFICIENT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ i-ˈfi-shənt ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin efficient-, efficiens, from present participle of efficere

Date: 14th century

1. : being or involving the immediate agent in producing an effect

the efficient action of heat in changing water to steam

2. : productive of desired effects ; especially : productive without waste

an efficient worker

Synonyms: see effective

• ef·fi·cient·ly adverb

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.