I. verb (endeavored; endeavoring) Etymology: Middle English endeveren to exert oneself, from en- + dever duty — more at devoir Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. archaic to strive to achieve or reach 2. to attempt (as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort <
endeavors to finish the race
intransitive verb to work with set purpose Synonyms: see attempt II. noun Date: 15th century 1. serious determined effort 2. activity directed toward a goal ; enterprise <
fields of endeavor

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  • Endeavor — En*deav or, n. [Written also endeavour.] An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial. [1913 Webster] To employ all my endeavor to obey you. Sir P.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Endeavor — En*deav or, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Endeavored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Endeavoring}.] [OE. endevor; pref. en + dever, devoir, duty, F. devoir: cf. F. se mettre en devoir de faire quelque chose to try to do a thing, to go about it. See {Devoir}, {Debt}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Endeavor — Endeavor, WI U.S. village in Wisconsin Population (2000): 440 Housing Units (2000): 170 Land area (2000): 0.642079 sq. miles (1.662978 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.059699 sq. miles (0.154620 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.701778 sq. miles (1.817598 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Endeavor — En*deav or, v. i. To exert one s self; to work for a certain end. [1913 Webster] And such were praised who but endeavored well. Pope. [1913 Webster] Note: Usually with an infinitive; as, to endeavor to outstrip an antagonist. [1913 Webster] He… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • endeavor — vb *attempt, try, essay, strive, struggle Analogous words: apply, devote, *direct, address: determine, resolve, *decide endeavor n essay, striving, struggle, attempt, try (see under ATTEMPT vb) Analogous words: toil, labor, travail, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • endeavor — [n] attempt to achieve something aim, all*, best shot*, crash project*, dry run*, effort, enterprise, essay, exertion, fling, full blast*, full court press*, full steam*, go, header*, labor, lick*, old college try*, one’s all*, one’s level best* …   New thesaurus

  • endeavor — [en dev′ər, indev′ər] vi. [ME endever < en (see EN 1) + dever < OFr deveir, duty, as in se mettre en deveir, to try to do: see DEVOIR] to make an earnest attempt; strive: now usually with an infinitive [to endeavor to finish first] vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • endeavor — I noun achievement, aim, application, assiduity, attempt, bid, campaign, cause, conatus, contentio, deed, effort, emprise, enterprise, essay, exercise, exertion, experiment exploit, feat, labor, nisus, pains, project, pursuance, pursuit, quest,… …   Law dictionary

  • endeavor — (n.) early 15c., pains taken to attain an object, lit. in duty, from phrase put (oneself) in dever make it one s duty (a partial translation of O.Fr. mettre en deveir put in duty ), from O.Fr. dever duty, from L. debere to owe (see DEBT (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • endeavor — 01. Hard work and determination are always important factors in the success of any [endeavor]. 02. Businessman Andrew Carnegie donated about $330 million to libraries, research projects, and world peace [endeavors]. 03. This latest mission to… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • endeavor — I noun 1. a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness) (Freq. 5) he had doubts about the whole enterprise • Syn: ↑enterprise, ↑endeavour • Derivationally related forms: ↑endeavour …   Useful english dictionary

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