Endeavor meaning

ĕn-dĕvər
Endeavor is defined as to strive to reach a goal.

An example of endeavor is to work to read the entire Bible.

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(archaic) To try to achieve.
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To work with a set or specified goal or purpose.
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An earnest attempt or effort.
noun
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To attempt (fulfillment of a responsibility or an obligation, for example) by employment or expenditure of effort.

Endeavored to improve the quality of life in the inner city.

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A sincere attempt; a determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal.
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To make an earnest attempt; strive.

To endeavor to finish first.

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See Endevor.
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Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity.
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1669 May 18, Sir Isaac Newton, Letter (to Francis Aston).

If you be affronted, it is better, in a foreign country, to pass it by in silence, and with a jest, though with some dishonour, than to endeavour revenge; for, in the first case, your credit's ne'er the worse when you return into England, or come into other company that have not heard of the quarrel.

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(intransitive) To attempt through application of effort (to do something); to try strenuously. [from 16th c.]
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The definition of an endeavor is an attempt with a lot of effort.

An example of an endeavor is the climbing of a large mountain.

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A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt.
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To work with purpose.
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Purposeful or industrious activity; enterprise.
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Origin of endeavor

  • Middle English endevour from endeveren to make an effort from (putten) in dever (to put oneself) in duty, make it one's duty in in in1 dever duty (from Old French deveir, devoir duty devoir)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The verb is from Middle English endeveren (“to make an effort”); the noun is from Middle English endevour, from the verb. Endeveren is from (putten) in dever (“(to put oneself) in duty”), from in + dever (“duty”), partially translating Middle French (se mettre) en devoir (de faire) (“(to make it) one's duty (to do), to endeavour (to do)”) (from Old French devoir, deveir (“duty”)).

    From Wiktionary