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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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 As the Warriors endeavor to dance around the hard cap and keep Ky Bowman on the roster, one option has been to waive Marquese Chriss. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors need a slogan, and Steve Kerr coined a bloody good one," 28 Nov. 2019 Research like his can help root out and eliminate bias from medical algorithms, which Optum has already endeavored to do. Quinn Gawronski, NBC News, "Racial bias found in widely used health care algorithm," 6 Nov. 2019 In recent years Chancellor Head has endeavored to build stronger relationships with the energy sector, to complement the relationships the school already has with the medical and health care sector, Linda Head said. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "UT and Lone Star College partner to train energy employees," 3 Oct. 2019 The 2006 75th-anniversary edition endeavored to fix those issues by looking backward, reproducing much of Irma Rombauer’s original style and restoring old recipes and even whole sections. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "America's favorite cookbook is this family's legacy. Here's how the 4th generation revised 'Joy of Cooking.'," 29 Oct. 2019 As many gay men moved to more metropolitan areas like New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., police in these cities endeavored to look tough on gay life. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How Stonewall Reversed a Long History of Justifying Police Surveillance," 29 June 2019 This endeavoring handyman, who goes by Thecrazyframer on YouTube, took to framing an entire 2,300 square foot house without any help and was kind enough to film and explain the process in a series of videos. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch One Man Frame an Entire House All By Himself," 20 Apr. 2018 Lord Grantham will make horrible decisions governed by arrogance and insecurity; his family (and servants) will endeavor to fix them. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Downton, Downton, Revolution," 16 Sep. 2019 Vikram endeavored to be the first lander to reach the moon’s resource-rich south pole. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is It So Damn Hard to Land on the Moon?," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Today, Pakistan is receiving massive aid under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a global endeavor aimed at reconstituting the Silk Road and linking China to all corners of Asia. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China," 7 Dec. 2019 Trump's lawyers have attacked the subpoenas on several grounds in an effort to make Congress' probes look more like a fishing expedition than a legislative endeavor. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "President Trump has one last chance to keep tax returns, financial records secret: the Supreme Court," 5 Dec. 2019 Today, Pakistan is receiving massive aid under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a global endeavor aimed at reconstituting the Silk Road and linking China to all corners of Asia. Fox News, "Nearly 630 Pakistan girls, women sold as brides to Chinese men: report," 5 Dec. 2019 The premise: to unite disparate creative endeavors in a way that can support the core ad business, and each other. BostonGlobe.com, "Former interim Boston schools chief to lead early education provider - The Boston Globe," 3 Dec. 2019 Its rediscovery in the early 2000s by members of the Relay Improvement Association launched the small historic town into a yearslong endeavor to raise money for the banner’s conservation. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "History preserved: WWI service banner, rediscovered decades ago, now hangs in Relay Town Hall," 3 Dec. 2019 Proceeds will be used to help support the chorale’s musical endeavors as well as a scholarship program to promote future musicians. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 2 Dec. 2019 Perhaps Dorsey is hoping to acquire new talent for these endeavors in Africa. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Jack Dorsey’s 2020 plans include spending 3-6 months in Africa," 30 Nov. 2019 Shaping the future was a more optimistic endeavor for the Olivettis, an Italian corporate dynasty responsible for one of the twentieth century’s most iconic brands. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 25 Nov. 2019

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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 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Endeavor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endeavor. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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