verb en·deav·or \in-ˈde-vər\

: to seriously or continually try to do (something)

en·deav·oreden·deav·or·ing \-v(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of ENDEAVOR

transitive verb
archaic :  to strive to achieve or reach
:  to attempt (as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort <endeavors to finish the race>
intransitive verb
:  to work with set purpose

Examples of ENDEAVOR

  1. The school endeavors to teach students to be good citizens.
  2. They endeavored to create a government that truly serves its people.
  3. As urbanization advanced, it swept away the distinctive physical and social characteristics of the culture of the past, substituting undifferentiated built environments and standardized patterns of dress and behavior. Hand-camera users endeavored to reaffirm individuality and arrest time in the face of the encroaching depersonalization of existence. —Naomi Rosenblum, A World History of Photography, 1989

Origin of ENDEAVOR

Middle English endeveren to exert oneself, from en- + dever duty — more at devoir
First Known Use: 15th century


noun en·deav·or \in-ˈde-vər\

: a serious effort or attempt

Full Definition of ENDEAVOR

:  serious determined effort
:  activity directed toward a goal :  enterprise <fields of endeavor>

Examples of ENDEAVOR

  1. His endeavors have gone unrewarded.
  2. She is involved in several artistic endeavors.
  3. Technology is the fastest-changing area of human endeavor.
  4. Sgt. Pepper was our grandest endeavor. —Ringo Starr, in The Beatles Anthology, 2000

Origin of ENDEAVOR

(see 1endeavor)
First Known Use: 15th century

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