endeavor

[ 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.

noun

a strenuous effort; attempt.

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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

SYNONYMS FOR endeavor

1, 2 See try.
4 See effort.

OTHER WORDS FROM endeavor

en·deav·or·er; especially British, en·deav·our·er, nounpre·en·deav·or, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for endeavour

endeavour

US endeavor

/ (ɪnˈdɛvə) /

verb

to try (to do something)

noun

an effort to do or attain something

Derived forms of endeavour

endeavourer or US endeavorer, noun

Word Origin for endeavour

C14: endeveren, from en- 1 + -deveren from dever duty, from Old French deveir; see devoirs
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