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

Essential Meaning of endeavor

formal : to seriously or continually try to do (something) The school endeavors to teach students to be good citizens. They endeavored to create a government that truly serves its people.

Full 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



Definition of endeavor (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for endeavor

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 In providing this round of funding for 237 Global, the companies endeavor to expand its offerings via tech, product, and marketing teams tasked with adding additional features to a suite of app platforms. William Earl, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 Others endeavor to enlighten readers, unlocking new or instructive ways to understand a game. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Rather, policymakers should endeavor to make such discharges unnecessary. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Wang hopes the initiative will endeavor to remove the cultural stigma associated with autistic children within the Chinese community. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 In a Friday interview with WISN-AM’s Dan O’Donnell, Gableman called the Arizona endeavor a waste of money. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2021 Before pledging its $5 million donation to support Howard’s center, the MacArthur Foundation already intended to support the next phase of Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project—a New York Times Magazine endeavor focusing on America's history of slavery. Glenn Gamboa, Fortune, 7 July 2021 The other bolder venture is with Candy Digital, a digital collectible company that will endeavor to move MLB into the NFT conversation that’s been dominated so far by the NBA. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Trent Reznor doesn’t often endeavor to produce whole albums for other artists. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dilijan is also home to a new endeavor that combines knowledge and understanding with food. Ann Abel, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Post-Paramount, Gianopulos will surely figure out a way to parlay his savvy, decades of experience and strong ties in Hollywood into an innovative new endeavor. Claudia Eller, Variety, 16 Sep. 2021 Lady Gaga doesn’t do things by halves; with each new endeavor, the superstar pushes the boundaries of expression via unexpected visuals and alliances with like-minded creatives. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2021 Outside of it, the Olympic champion is pushing herself in a new endeavor to boost the profile of women's sports. Beth Harris, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 To pull at that off, Johnson and Ganassi then would have needed to persuade perhaps IndyCar's most energetic new sponsor Carvana to help fund the endeavor. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Nov. 2021 When the term first entered marketplaces in 2010, the ability to provide a seamless multiplatform customer experience seemed like an expensive endeavor that only luxury brands with deep pockets could afford. Vikas Khorana, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Ellie Alexander’s other endeavor, her Bakeshop Mystery Series, gets a jolt of artisanal coffee in its 13th installment. oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2021 Skims remains a highly personal endeavor for Kardashian West. Christina Binkley, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of endeavor


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


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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“Endeavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endeavor. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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



Kids Definition of endeavor (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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