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[ en-dev-er ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; strive:

    We must constantly endeavor if we are to succeed.

verb (used with object)

  1. to attempt; try:

    He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.

  2. Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.


  1. a strenuous effort; attempt.

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Other Words From

  • en·deavor·er especially British, en·deavour·er noun
  • preen·deavor noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of endeavor1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English endeveren, from the phrase putten in devoir “to make an effort, assume responsibility”; compare Anglo-French se mettre en deveir. See en- 1, devoir

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Synonym Study

See try. See effort.

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Example Sentences

Here are three perks of networking that can help make your endeavors more profitable.

Thurston reminded this person that mathematics really is a community endeavor and there’s a part to be played by everyone.

The goal of this endeavor is to create significant ties to your city and industry and position your company on sites that get relevant traffic.

Faulconer has also committed to revamp the city’s approach to real estate, an endeavor that will now continue without the city’s six-year real estate chief.

While Viking raiding ships were one of the defining features of Viking raids and military endeavors, these vessels had a variance in their designs – which is contrary to our popular notions.

Crossing the border illegally, with the help of coyotes, or smugglers, is typically a very expensive endeavor.

We knew it would be an expensive endeavor, and we still chose to make the investment.

He stops after a second, looks around him and laughs, apparently realizing the absurdity of the endeavor.

Doing so can be a very profitable endeavor, in a time of low interest rates.

His largest endeavor is a small town called Poundbury that he has been developing since the 1990s.

This was my sincere endeavor, in those many discourses I had with that monarch, although it unfortunately failed of success.

He did not find his new field of endeavor so profitable when he began to work among strangers.

Consequently they endeavor to please him, without considering what he asks or what they do.

To endeavor to cut through such an obstacle would undoubtedly have brought about a disaster.

The endeavor would not only be utterly unavailing, but would, with certainty, involve them in speedy and retrieveless ruin.


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