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endeavor

verb en·deav·or \ in-ˈde-vər \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of endeavor

endeavored; endeavoring play \in-ˈde-v(ə-)riŋ\
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

Examples of endeavor in a Sentence

  1. 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 RosenblumA World History of Photography1989
  2. 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 JohnsonNew York Times Book Review7 Apr. 1985
  3. The school endeavors to teach students to be good citizens.

  4. They endeavored to create a government that truly serves its people.

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Origin and Etymology of endeavor

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

endeavor Synonyms

Synonyms
bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, labor, fag, grub, hump, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, tug, work
Related Words
apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wade
Near Antonyms
break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

Synonym Discussion of endeavor

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

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endeavor

noun

Definition of endeavor

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

Examples of endeavor in a Sentence

  1. Sgt. Pepper was our grandest endeavor. —Ringo Starrin The Beatles Anthology2000
  2. 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. Science13 Feb. 1998
  3. 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 UpdikeNew York Times Book Review21 June 1987
  4. His endeavors have gone unrewarded.

  5. She is involved in several artistic endeavors.

  6. Technology is the fastest-changing area of human endeavor.

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Origin and Etymology of endeavor

endeavor Synonyms

Synonyms
assay [archaic], bash [chiefly British], bid, crack, attempt, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl
Related Words
striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error

ENDEAVOR Defined for English Language Learners

endeavor

verb

Definition of endeavor for English Language Learners

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


endeavor

noun

Definition of endeavor for English Language Learners

  • : a serious effort or attempt


ENDEAVOR Defined for Kids

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endeavor

verb en·deav·or \ in-ˈde-vər \

Definition of endeavor for Students

endeavored; endeavoring
: to make an effort : try hard

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endeavor

noun

Definition of endeavor for Students

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


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