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

Essential Meaning of endeavor

formal : to seriously or continually try to do (something) The school endeavors to teach students to be good citizens. They endeavored to create a government that truly serves its people.

Full 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



Definition of endeavor (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for endeavor

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The Hansons training plans endeavor to keep you from falling victim to the less-than-satisfying results that such a haphazard approach to training can produce. Keith And Kevin Hanson, Outside Online, 21 Feb. 2019 Glossier is far from the first DTC brand to endeavor into London in its early stages of retail expansion. Brin Snelling, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 In providing this round of funding for 237 Global, the companies endeavor to expand its offerings via tech, product, and marketing teams tasked with adding additional features to a suite of app platforms. William Earl, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 Others endeavor to enlighten readers, unlocking new or instructive ways to understand a game. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Rather, policymakers should endeavor to make such discharges unnecessary. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Wang hopes the initiative will endeavor to remove the cultural stigma associated with autistic children within the Chinese community. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 In a Friday interview with WISN-AM’s Dan O’Donnell, Gableman called the Arizona endeavor a waste of money. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2021 Before pledging its $5 million donation to support Howard’s center, the MacArthur Foundation already intended to support the next phase of Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project—a New York Times Magazine endeavor focusing on America's history of slavery. Glenn Gamboa, Fortune, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That endeavor, led by hiring Jim Knowles away from Oklahoma State as defensive coordinator, increased the assistant coach salary pool. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2022 Still, the 11-mile endeavor — which created nine new stations, including those at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UC San Diego — was completed in nearly half the average time of such transit investments, according to the report. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Jan. 2022 Changing the filibuster is a fraught endeavor, one that could transform the power balance of the Senate, which is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats (and two independents who caucus with them). Arit John, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2022 The Webb Telescope is an international endeavor, helmed by NASA, but with important contributions from both the European and Canadian space agencies. Don Lincoln, CNN, 24 Dec. 2021 IndyGo leased the center four wheelchair-accessible vans for the endeavor, which got off the ground in the spring of 2020. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Dec. 2021 Instead of being portrayed as an opportunity for musicians to support Urbina’s journalism, many musicians say Urbina originally described the opportunity as a creative, collaborative endeavor. Liz Allen, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Cameraman choreography included, the whole production represents something of an unprecedented endeavor, conceived, rehearsed, and executed during the pandemic. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 2 Dec. 2021 But this was a more commercial endeavor, hyped around a competitive beef. Brendan Porath, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of endeavor


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


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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“Endeavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endeavor. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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



Kids Definition of endeavor (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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