[ en-dev-er ]
/ ɛnˈdɛv ər /

verb (used without object)

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)

to attempt; try: He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.


a strenuous effort; attempt.

Nearby words

  1. endbrain,
  2. endcap,
  3. endear,
  4. endearing,
  5. endearment,
  6. endeavour,
  7. endecott,
  8. endecott, john,
  9. ended,
  10. endemic

Also especially British, en·deav·our.

Origin of endeavor

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

1, 2. See try. 4. See effort.

Related formsen·deav·or·er; especially British, en·deav·our·er, nounpre·en·deav·or, noun

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