endeavor

verb
en·​deav·​or | \ in-ˈde-vər How to pronounce endeavor (audio) \
endeavored; endeavoring\ in-​ˈde-​v(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce endeavor (audio) \

Definition of endeavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to attempt (something, such as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort endeavors to finish the race
2 archaic : to strive to achieve or reach

intransitive verb

: to work with set purpose

endeavor

noun

Definition of endeavor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : serious determined effort
2 : activity directed toward a goal : enterprise fields of endeavor

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Verb

attempt, try, endeavor, essay, strive mean to make an effort to accomplish an end. attempt stresses the initiation or beginning of an effort. will attempt to photograph the rare bird try is often close to attempt but may stress effort or experiment made in the hope of testing or proving something. tried to determine which was the better procedure endeavor heightens the implications of exertion and difficulty. endeavored to find crash survivors in the mountains essay implies difficulty but also suggests tentative trying or experimenting. will essay a dramatic role for the first time strive implies great exertion against great difficulty and specifically suggests persistent effort. continues to strive for peace

Examples of endeavor in a Sentence

Verb 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 At some time in their careers, most good historians itch to write a history of the world, endeavor to discover what makes humanity the most destructive and creative of species. — Paul Johnson, New York Times Book Review, 7 Apr. 1985 The school endeavors to teach students to be good citizens. They endeavored to create a government that truly serves its people. Noun Sgt. Pepper was our grandest endeavor. — Ringo Starr, in The Beatles Anthology, 2000 Science has traditionally accepted the smartest students, the most committed and self-sacrificing researchers, and the cleanest money—that is, money with the fewest political strings attached. In both theory and practice, science in this century has been perceived as a noble endeavor. Science, 13 Feb. 1998 The miraculous thing I have to report, a secret so precious I hesitate to share it, is how docilely and utterly the critic in one goes to sleep when a creative endeavor is afoot. — John Updike, New York Times Book Review, 21 June 1987 His endeavors have gone unrewarded. She is involved in several artistic endeavors. Technology is the fastest-changing area of human endeavor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some in the industry liken that endeavor to building an airplane while flying it. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Makers Tap Contractors to Produce Billions of Doses," 19 Dec. 2020 The luckiest experimenters could endeavor to be selected among the few projects sent to orbit, first on the space shuttle and now to the International Space Station. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Jeff Bezos’ Company Is Carrying Scientific Cargo to Space. It’s Not Amazon.," 13 Oct. 2020 The third and final phase of the consultation process will begin later this month and run until Nov. 6, after which the WTO will endeavor to name a consensus winner of the race. Bryce Baschuk, Bloomberg.com, "Race to WTO Leadership Is Down to the Final Two Candidates," 7 Oct. 2020 The club will endeavor to insulate Barreal from the weight of expectations. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Here's our prediction for FC Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park," 6 Oct. 2020 After attending a worship conference at the University of Notre Dame in 1971, a small group of Catholic participants felt called to form a new community that would endeavor to live as the early Christians did. Mary Hallan Fiorito, WSJ, "People of Praise Deserves Ours," 1 Oct. 2020 Nonetheless, BadVR's goal is not just to be accessible to the government sectors – but to private companies and citizens who also endeavor to protect their properties and families in the face of wildfires and other disasters via early warning signs. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Fighting California's future wildfires with revolutionary new VR technology," 12 Sep. 2020 Along the way, viewers are treated to countless phone calls and videos, documenting each step as disenchanted members endeavor to break away in what feels like real time. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Vow' brings jaw-dropping detail to the strange story of NXIVM," 21 Aug. 2020 Prisons DeWine said that the state has endeavored to protect inmates. cleveland, "91 Ohioans dead from coronavirus, 3,312 tested positive: Gov. Mike DeWine’s Friday, April 3 briefing," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That public-private endeavor was designed to have millions of vaccine doses ready and available to ship once a shot received FDA approval. CBS News, "Pfizer to supply US with additional 100M doses of vaccine," 23 Dec. 2020 That public-private endeavor was designed to have millions of vaccine doses ready and available to ship once a shot received FDA approval. Arkansas Online, "Pfizer to supply U.S. with additional 100M vaccines doses," 23 Dec. 2020 That public-private endeavor was designed to have millions of vaccine doses ready and available to ship once a shot received FDA approval. NOLA.com, "Pfizer to supply US with additional 100M vaccines doses," 23 Dec. 2020 The Bipartisan Policy Center think tank’s director of immigration and cross-border policy, Theresa Cardinal Brown, said this new endeavor is a long shot. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "California Democrats pressure Biden and Congress to abolish ICE," 11 Dec. 2020 The endeavor is the latest in China’s ambitious plans to expand its research in space, a rivalrous aspect of the U.S-China relationship. Washington Post, "China to launch moon mission, seeking to be first country in decades to collect lunar rocks," 23 Nov. 2020 The endeavor was worthwhile to achieve a light, custardy pumpkin dessert that highlights the real star — the filling. Los Angeles Times, "A better pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving that doesn’t need a crust," 12 Nov. 2020 The idea for this endeavor was built on the success of the Nasher Windows project, which made art available to the public while the museum was closed due to the pandemic. John Zotos, Dallas News, "The Nasher is placing North Texas artists front and center in a new public art project," 30 Oct. 2020 Is any capitalist endeavor more menacing than the control of nature itself? Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "On TV, Having Wealth Means You Get to Suffer Beautifully," 27 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'endeavor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of endeavor

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for endeavor

Verb and Noun

Middle English endeveren to exert oneself, from en- + dever duty — more at devoir

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The first known use of endeavor was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Endeavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endeavor. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for endeavor

endeavor

verb
How to pronounce endeavor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of endeavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to seriously or continually try to do (something)

endeavor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of endeavor (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : a serious effort or attempt

endeavor

verb
en·​deav·​or | \ in-ˈde-vər How to pronounce endeavor (audio) \
endeavored; endeavoring

Kids Definition of endeavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make an effort : try hard

endeavor

noun

Kids Definition of endeavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: a serious effort or attempt He is involved in several business endeavors.

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