endeavor

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

Synonyms: Verb

bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, fag, grub, hump, hustle, labor, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, tug, work

Synonyms: Noun

assay [archaic], attempt, bash [chiefly British], bid, crack, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl

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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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But with the latest Wrangler—the JL model—Jeep endeavored to make the door-removal process as easy as possible. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How Long Does It Take to Remove the Doors on a Wrangler?," 31 Dec. 2018 Analysts suggest Butina and Torshin started as freelancers, endeavoring to please the Kremlin by establishing a line of communication with the Republican party to ease crippling economic sanctions. Matthew Bodner, The Seattle Times, "Misfire: Maria Butina’s strange route from Russia to U.S. jail," 10 Sep. 2018 Daniels has endeavored to tell her side of the story twice before this: once in 2011 and once again during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Stormy Daniels Did Everything But Confirm an Affair With Donald Trump. Here's What She Told Jimmy Kimmel," 31 Jan. 2018 One artist endeavored to recreate fatbergs representing different neighborhoods in London with the nuanced fatberg aromas. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018 Fortunately, endeavoring engineers are busy exploring this area of development and one, who goes by Human Controller, has found the pinnacle of autonomous engineering: a Rubik's cube that solves itself. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Peak of Human Ingenuity Is a Rubik's Cube That Solves Itself," 25 Sep. 2018 Most adorably: Pet-wear—a first-ever endeavor in these link-ups—and another capsule-within-a-collection, with Disney. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Moschino and H&M Have A Few More Surprises In Store For Their November Drop. For One? Pet-Wear!," 9 Sep. 2018 The Trump administration is hardly the first to have vigorous policy disagreements, but in past administrations, those debates largely played out in private, with the staff endeavoring to support the official White House policy in public. chicagotribune.com, "Confusion, squabbling undermine Trump's steps forward on the world stage," 20 May 2018 The Crossover’s Front Office endeavored to identify those qualities in this year’s draft class when compiling its 2018 draft superlatives. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Superlatives: Biggest Sleeper, Safest Pick And More," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For this latest endeavor, Andrei, along with Handel Architects and Bonetti Kozerski Studio, created interior aesthetics that embrace modern, pared-down living drenched in ocean views, natural light, and sea breezes. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "Asbury Park’s Glam Squad," 12 July 2018 The State Department, normally the clearinghouse for diplomatic endeavors, was silent. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "White House team visits Mideast to advance its still-secret Israeli-Palestinian peace plan," 23 June 2018 Though a for-profit endeavor, Gone Again, which is located at 5940 W. Chicago, is also a form of giving back to the community. Tatiana Walk-morris, Chicago Reader, "From the west side to the world: Austin travel agent arranges global adventures—and lists her favorite Midwestern trips," 30 May 2018 His company incorporates the aloha spirit — a belief in treating others with love and respect that translates into a corporate mission that includes spending 1 percent of Salesforce.com’s profit on philanthropic endeavors. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Benioff pays $7M to return rare Hawaiian war god relic to the islands," 23 May 2018 While this was the first all-athlete edition, athletes have done well in the past alongside those known for other endeavors. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Adam Rippon wins all-athlete edition of 'Dancing with the Stars'," 22 May 2018 In the new suit, Sorkin and the Spinners assert that Garces borrowed more than $9 million from M&T Bank to pay off old debts and to garner $4.5 million for new endeavors. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Jose Garces investors sue to oust him from 3 restaurants," 30 Apr. 2018 Sowell and Plasters also crafted hardscapes and raised herb gardens, which play into the aesthetics while also providing valuable resources for Carolyn's culinary endeavors. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "Take a peek into an English-inspired Homewood garden," 20 Apr. 2018 The Federal Bureau of Investigation on April 9 raided the office, home and hotel room of Cohen, long known as a fixer for Trump’s business and personal endeavors. Bill Allison, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Campaign Raises $10.1 Million as Legal Matters Grow," 15 Apr. 2018

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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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endeavor

verb

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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