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 February 3, 2020 Some users endeavored to put the vocal move into context. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "The Internet Rushes to Make a Meme Out of This Magical Shakira Super Bowl 2020 Halftime Show Moment," 3 Feb. 2020 The team endeavored to make 3D more than a bandwagon, gimmicky move—to begin to grapple with how to actually use it to enhance the experience. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "How Warcraft III birthed a genre, changed a franchise, and earned a Reforge-ing," 27 Jan. 2020 There are some signs that Democrats are endeavoring to halt this repressive wave at the national level. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Election Bias," 6 Jan. 2020 About those floor votes: Supporters of the bill have endeavored to keep it as simple as possible, avoiding elements that might draw too much opposition. BostonGlobe.com, "Governor’s housing bill may finally be advancing - The Boston Globe," 19 Dec. 2019 In the other, a woman endeavoring to become a better person risks everything to expose corruption in her workplace. Judy Berman, Time, "The 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s," 15 Nov. 2019 Both authors endeavor to show how animals relate to humans; Louv's work has the benefit of a century of science since London published his famous book. Jeff Rowe, chicagotribune.com, "Author endeavors to show how animals relate to humans," 12 Nov. 2019 Political and business leaders disavowed the race-baiting that emerged farther south and endeavored to maintain a system of paternalistic control in order to ensure the perpetuation of racial supremacy. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 Netflix, seeking to become more than a storehouse for Hollywood's best series, endeavored to create some of its own. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How Netflix Transformed the Peak TV Terrain in the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s why finding the right face wash can very quickly become an overwhelming endeavor. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The 14 Best Face Washes for Every Skin Type," 12 Feb. 2020 Are Linked to a Russian Information Campaign Newsfeed The 'OK Boomer' Meme Has Officially Entered Parliamentary Record in New Zealand That layered phrase exemplifies just how complex this endeavor is, a fact that is not lost on the team. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Terms Like ‘OK Boomer’ Are Hard to Define. This Dictionary Is Trying To Do It Anyway," 12 Feb. 2020 Decades in the making, this moment would represent the zenith of the robotic Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission, an international endeavor involving NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and a consortium of industry partners. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Rocks, Rockets and Robots: The Plan to Bring Mars Down to Earth," 6 Feb. 2020 The entire endeavor is to benefit Family Reach, which provides assistance for families that are affected by cancer. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Will Take Two Strangers on a Double Date," 6 Feb. 2020 The business of framing a problem, solving it, then going back to see if it can be reframed in a better way, and re-solving it until the solution can no longer be improved remains a human endeavor. Ravi Kumar, Quartz at Work, "How can we create a workforce full of lifelong learners?," 20 Jan. 2020 The endeavor may not be new in the sense of combining wine tasting with retail sales, but the vision is almost startling in its refreshing definition of how fine wine can be enjoyed. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "California dreaming: Mutiny Wine Room brings wine country experience to Houston," 17 Jan. 2020 For some, the endeavor is an exhausting one involving countless appearances and constant, coast-to-coast travel. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, "Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger Thank Famous Friends at National Board of Review Awards," 9 Jan. 2020 For most, accessing data on those transactions can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption," 17 Jan. 2020

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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

19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Endeavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endeavor. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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