- 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 endeavors
I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavors.Meet Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney’s Wife
Lizzie Crocker, Chris Allbritton
September 28, 2014
The Miss Delaware Pageant is proud to congratulate Brittany and wishes Amanda the very best on her future endeavors.24 Is Not Too “Old” to Compete for Miss America
June 27, 2014
She had a handbag line, became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, and hosted a Fox reality TV show, among other endeavors.Stop Slut-Shaming Monica Lewinsky!
May 7, 2014
Western powers have not launched any drills approaching the massive scale of the Russian endeavors.Reality Check in Ukraine
April 27, 2014
If he endeavors to keep hope dead, something bad will begin to happen.Anticipating Obama In Israel
February 12, 2013
Joseph gave up his endeavors, and returned to Corsica to help his mother.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Her endeavors were confined to horses, and one of her paintings is considered fair.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
"All our endeavors are like the labors of those babies," thought he.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
Bodhisatta, a seeker of the bodhi, one who endeavors to become a Buddha.The Buddha
Fanny wants to know “what you are gone for,” and endeavors to pronounce Etruria.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Word Origin and History for endeavors
c.1400; see endeavor (n.). Related: Endeavored; endeavoring.
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.