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 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 In these roles, Bendfeldt will develop and maintain strong relationships with luxury brands at the center while Remillard will endeavor to sell The Galleria to retailers, advertising agencies and local businesses. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Simon appoints new manager of luxury retail and director of business development at The Galleria," 2 Aug. 2019 De la Torre also announced that the university will endeavor to award at least 90 percent of its scholarship money each year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU failed to award $20 million in available scholarships over past decade," 10 June 2019 Some conservative observers have cited these past parades to rebut concerns about Trump’s endeavor this week. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Although a full itinerary has yet to be confirmed, in the past, both Harry and his brother Prince William have endeavored to support environmentalist efforts in Africa. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry May Meet Beyoncé at The Lion King's European Premiere," 1 July 2019 And always endeavoring to be unreasonable, Conway was not satisfied with his easiest of algorithms. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cooking itself, after all, is a very hands-on endeavor. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tell us about your most-prized cookbook: What makes it so special?," 30 Oct. 2019 The endeavor launched by SpaceX in 2015 was an effort to raise funds for its other programs such as Starship and its plans to expand Earth’s footprint to other celestial bodies including Mars. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Elon Musk tweets using internet from SpaceX Starlink satellite system," 21 Oct. 2019 For most art institutions, staying current is a high-priority endeavor. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Museum of Modern Art Has Reopened—Here's What to Look For," 21 Oct. 2019 The latest endeavor from the renowned British leather artisan Bill Amberg isn’t your typical product launch. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, "Are Digitally Printed Hides the Future of Leather?," 22 Sep. 2019 Regardless of the score, that endeavor was an overwhelming success. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football responds to slow start in 76-5 blowout of Miami of Ohio," 21 Sep. 2019 The fact that the whole endeavor is a play is never far from the surface. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Murder for Two’ gets good and silly in Walnut Creek," 11 Sep. 2019 When asked about The Bell's ROI, Arnoldt pointed to this immediate fan interest as a sign that the endeavor was already a success. Laura Stampler, Fortune, "My Night at the Taco Bell Hotel (a.k.a. Hanging With the Influencers)," 18 Aug. 2019 The endeavor was the legacy of the workforce and industrial majesty, largely in California but also elsewhere, built during and after World War II and powered by the steep productivity gains of the 1950s. David Shribman, latimes.com, "50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 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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1 Oct 2019

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

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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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