endeavor

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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Among the most important lessons from her over two and half decades of work, especially for those who endeavor in the arts and creative fields is to be single-minded in your efforts. Kovie Biakolo, Essence, "The Many Lanes Of Noma Dumezweni," 2 Apr. 2021 Abbe said even their clients who did not intend to own dogs — such as those who took in strays — endeavor to meet those pets’ needs. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "After COVID prompts pet adoption spike in Connecticut, a surge in need follows," 29 Mar. 2021 In their unstinting and graphic depiction of the singer’s drug addiction and harrowing early life, however, Daniels and Parks endeavor to position her as a survivor and pioneering civil rights activist, not a victim. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Andra Day burns hot and cool as jazz great in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 25 Feb. 2021 Hill Holiday, the famed Boston ad agency, has done its best to endeavor through the past year of Covid and the subsequent economic downturn. Todd Wasserman, Forbes, "Hill Holiday Looks Past COVID and Toward a Bright Year In 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 Some in the industry liken that endeavor to building an airplane while flying it. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Makers Tap Contractors to Produce Billions of Doses," 19 Dec. 2020 The luckiest experimenters could endeavor to be selected among the few projects sent to orbit, first on the space shuttle and now to the International Space Station. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Jeff Bezos’ Company Is Carrying Scientific Cargo to Space. It’s Not Amazon.," 13 Oct. 2020 The third and final phase of the consultation process will begin later this month and run until Nov. 6, after which the WTO will endeavor to name a consensus winner of the race. Bryce Baschuk, Bloomberg.com, "Race to WTO Leadership Is Down to the Final Two Candidates," 7 Oct. 2020 The club will endeavor to insulate Barreal from the weight of expectations. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Here's our prediction for FC Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This year, as Newton approaches its second summer of outdoor dining in the COVID-19 era, Bowman’s Adopt-A-Pot endeavor is expanding. BostonGlobe.com, "Volunteers add flower-filled planters at restaurants throughout Newton as outdoor dining returns," 22 Apr. 2021 Arguing about music may well be as primal a human endeavor as making it. New York Times, "Verzuz Is One of the Least Toxic Places Online. Here’s Why.," 22 Apr. 2021 Commitments from the city include an income tax rebate related to new employment and payroll, as well as dedicating property taxes from the Sherwin-Williams endeavor to infrastructure improvements for the next 30 years. cleveland, "Brecksville voters to decide Sherwin-Williams rezoning May 4," 22 Apr. 2021 But Euromaidan was just one success in a longer endeavor. Davyd Arakhamia, CNN, "Holding the line against Russia in Ukraine," 21 Apr. 2021 Thankfully, this endeavor needn’t only be one of individual persuasion. Daniel Buck, National Review, "To Combat Woke Classrooms, Go to the Source: University Education Programs," 21 Apr. 2021 Make sure that this message is present across platforms and is tied together in each post, promotion, and endeavor. Shama Hyder, Forbes, "How To Add Value Through Thought Leadership: A Case Study With Ralph DiBugnara," 16 Apr. 2021 Among the early priorities was finding a way to quickly transition to online classes — a massive endeavor that proved to be a major logistical challenge in an area where thousands of students do not have reliable high-speed internet access. Andres Picon, San Antonio Express-News, "'Education has changed forever' - COVID upended K-12 schooling, and there's no going back," 15 Apr. 2021 Every human endeavor must have its influencers, and Dogecoin is no exception. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "Who Let the Doge Out? The Cryptocurrency Is As Nutty and Joyful As Ever," 14 Apr. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Endeavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endeavor. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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