- 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 endeavour
Why do you think the popularity of the Oxford trinity—Lewis, Morse, and now prequel Endeavour—continues to endure?Meet ‘Inspector Lewis’: Kevin Whately on ‘Morse,’ John Thaw, and the End of the Series
June 14, 2013
He could not have foreseen the drama attending the twice-delayed launch of the shuttle Endeavour.Endeavour Launch: NASA's Final Countdown
Peter J. Boyer
May 16, 2011
Apparently, agreement could not be reached, and NASA is now looking for a new launch date—likely, April 29—for the Endeavour.NASA Endeavour Shuttle Launch Delayed
Peter J. Boyer
April 3, 2011
But this was compounded by the core characteristic of the Nazi endeavour: its ideology.While the World Watched: The 1944 Warsaw Uprising
December 29, 2013
My conduct must then have a faulty appearance at least, and I will endeavour to rectify it.
If I have not, when my mind is more at ease, I will endeavour to please you better.
You may be sure, interrupted my uncle Harlowe, he will endeavour to see her there.
I was for going to Wiscasset, like two prodigals, own our fault, and endeavour to amend.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
This answer we must endeavour both to explain and to defend.
- to try (to do something)
- an effort to do or attain something
Word Origin and History for endeavour
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.