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


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


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


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

efficiently /ɪˈfɪʃəntli/ adverb

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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