- to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; strive: We must constantly endeavor if we are to succeed.
- to attempt; try: He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
- Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.
- a strenuous effort; attempt.
Origin of endeavor
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Examples from the Web for endeavor
He stops after a second, looks around him and laughs, apparently realizing the absurdity of the endeavor.The Walking Dead’s Midseason Finale Shocker: A Cherished Character Meets a Grisly End
December 1, 2014
Looking back, our readers gave us all the faith we needed to pursue this endeavor.Motherless Daughters and Parentless Parents Trek to the Andes to Aid Orphans
August 21, 2014
Critical to this endeavor is the drumroll of hell-fire sermons from the tub-thumpers of talk radio and Fox News.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
That Record Store Day endeavor came less than a year after White set about his solo career.Jack White Sets World Record for Fastest Record Release
April 22, 2014
If he is successful in that endeavor, John Kasich could be the most formidable 2016 GOP candidate you do not know—yet.Is John Kasich The Most Formidable 2016 GOP Candidate You Don’t Know?
April 12, 2014
Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force.
This is too well-known a truth for me to endeavor to conceal it, especially from you.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And even then they did not know the full extent of her endeavor.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
“I don't know how Fritz would make out in that field of endeavor,” he said.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
In the meantime our present work must be to endeavor to locate their cache.The Law-Breakers
Word Origin and History for endeavor
early 15c., "pains taken to attain an object," literally "in duty," from phrase put (oneself) in dever "make it one's duty" (a partial translation of Old French mettre en deveir "put in duty"), from Old French dever "duty," from Latin debere "to owe" (see debt). One's endeavors meaning one's "utmost effort" is from late 15c.
c.1400; see endeavor (n.). Related: Endeavored; endeavoring.