1. efficient

adjective. ['ɪˈfɪʃənt'] being effective without wasting time or effort or expense.


  • well organized
  • methodical
  • systematic
  • logical
  • coherent
  • efficacious
  • effective
  • cost-efficient
  • cost-effective
  • streamlined
  • economic
  • economical
  • high-octane
  • businesslike
  • effectual
  • expeditious


  • ineffective
  • incompetent
  • unskilled
  • inadequate

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Rhymes with Efficient

  • self-sufficient
  • insufficient
  • beneficent
  • proficient
  • sufficient
  • omniscient
  • deficient

How do you pronounce efficient?

Pronounce efficient as ɪˈfɪʃənt.

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How to spell efficient? Is it efficent? Or effecient? Common misspellings are:

  • efficent
  • effecient

Sentences with efficient

1. Adjective
Family members sometimes decide to combine their trusts to make management of their trusts more efficient.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Not only is the hose space efficient, it doesn't tangle, twist, or kink.

Quotes about efficient

1. I love my Force Fins, which are the kind of fins Special Forces use and really are adapted from the fins of fish. They're very efficient. They are so beautiful, a pair is in the Museum of Modern Art. The set I have are ruby red. I call them my ruby flippers.
- Sylvia Earle

2. Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life

3. I had a dream about you. Flowers were overflowing in the cemetery, so we decided to have a picnic there. You brought apple pie, and I brought my Aunt Mildred, who’d been dead for some time and I just hadn’t gotten around to disposing of her body. I thought you’d think me both efficient and romantic, but it turns out you didn’t. You only saw the romantic side of my action.
- Jarod Kintz, Dreaming is for lovers

2. cost-efficient

adjective. productive relative to the cost.


  • cost-effective


  • ineffective
  • incompetent

3. efficient

adjective. ['ɪˈfɪʃənt'] able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively.


  • competent


  • unqualified
  • incapable