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en·deav·or

 (ĕn-dĕv′ər)
n.
1. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt.
2. Purposeful or industrious activity; enterprise.
v. en·deav·ored, en·deav·or·ing, en·deav·ors
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To work with a set or specified goal or purpose.

[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; see in1 + dever, duty (from Old French deveir, devoir, duty; see devoir).]

en·deav′or·er n.

en•deav•or

(ɛnˈdɛv ər)

v.i.
1. to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; strive.
v.t.
2. to attempt earnestly; try: to endeavor to succeed.
3. Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.
n.
4. a strenuous effort; attempt.
Also, esp. Brit.,en•deav′our.
[1350–1400; Middle English, from the phrase putten in devoir to make an effort, assume responsibility; compare Anglo-French se mettre en deveir. See en-1, devoir]
en•deav′or•er, n.
syn: See effort.

endeavor


Past participle: endeavored
Gerund: endeavoring

Imperative
endeavor
endeavor
Present
I endeavor
you endeavor
he/she/it endeavors
we endeavor
you endeavor
they endeavor
Preterite
I endeavored
you endeavored
he/she/it endeavored
we endeavored
you endeavored
they endeavored
Present Continuous
I am endeavoring
you are endeavoring
he/she/it is endeavoring
we are endeavoring
you are endeavoring
they are endeavoring
Present Perfect
I have endeavored
you have endeavored
he/she/it has endeavored
we have endeavored
you have endeavored
they have endeavored
Past Continuous
I was endeavoring
you were endeavoring
he/she/it was endeavoring
we were endeavoring
you were endeavoring
they were endeavoring
Past Perfect
I had endeavored
you had endeavored
he/she/it had endeavored
we had endeavored
you had endeavored
they had endeavored
Future
I will endeavor
you will endeavor
he/she/it will endeavor
we will endeavor
you will endeavor
they will endeavor
Future Perfect
I will have endeavored
you will have endeavored
he/she/it will have endeavored
we will have endeavored
you will have endeavored
they will have endeavored
Future Continuous
I will be endeavoring
you will be endeavoring
he/she/it will be endeavoring
we will be endeavoring
you will be endeavoring
they will be endeavoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been endeavoring
you have been endeavoring
he/she/it has been endeavoring
we have been endeavoring
you have been endeavoring
they have been endeavoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been endeavoring
you will have been endeavoring
he/she/it will have been endeavoring
we will have been endeavoring
you will have been endeavoring
they will have been endeavoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been endeavoring
you had been endeavoring
he/she/it had been endeavoring
we had been endeavoring
you had been endeavoring
they had been endeavoring
Conditional
I would endeavor
you would endeavor
he/she/it would endeavor
we would endeavor
you would endeavor
they would endeavor
Past Conditional
I would have endeavored
you would have endeavored
he/she/it would have endeavored
we would have endeavored
you would have endeavored
they would have endeavored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.endeavor - a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
fraudulent scheme, illegitimate enterprise, racket - an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
forlorn hope - a hopeless or desperate enterprise
project, task, undertaking, labor - any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
business activity, commercial activity - activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
2.endeavor - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish somethingendeavor - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
batting - (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
best - the supreme effort one can make; "they did their best"
worst - the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of; "it was the worst he had ever done on a test"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
bid, play - an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
fling, go, offer, whirl, crack, pass - a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
essay - a tentative attempt
foray - an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence); "scientists' forays into politics"
contribution, share, part - the part played by a person in bringing about a result; "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"
liberation - the attempt to achieve equal rights or status; "she worked for women's liberation"
mug's game - a futile or unprofitable endeavor
power play, squeeze play, squeeze - an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power; "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"
seeking - an attempt to acquire or gain something
stab, shot - informal words for any attempt or effort; "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting"
shot - an attempt to score in a game
nisus, pains, striving, strain - an effortful attempt to attain a goal
struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
takeover attempt - an attempt to take control of a corporation
trial, run, test - the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
trial, test - the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
Verb1.endeavor - attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
struggle - to exert strenuous effort against opposition; "he struggled to get free from the rope"
attempt, essay, try, assay, seek - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
be at pains, take pains - try very hard to do something
buck - to strive with determination; "John is bucking for a promotion"

endeavor

noun
1. A trying to do or make something:
Informal: shot.
Slang: take.
Archaic: assay.
2. The use of energy to do something:
Informal: elbow grease.
verb
To make an attempt to do or make:
Translations

endeavour

(inˈdevə) (American) endeavor (inˈdevə(r)) verb
to attempt; to try (to do something). He endeavoured to attract the waiter's attention.
noun
an attempt. He succeeded in his endeavour to climb the Everest.

endeavor

n. empeño, esfuerzo.
References in classic literature ?
They did not forget their motto, but hoping and keeping busy seemed to grow easier, and after such tremendous exertions, they felt that Endeavor deserved a holiday, and gave it a good many.
He meant to stop at the wedding on his way to New York and endeavor by every means which money and love could devise to atone somewhat for Edna's incomprehensible action.
Cheerfully, most cheerfully, will Cora and I keep the vigils, while you and all these brave men endeavor to snatch a little sleep
Modern psychology, it may be, will endeavor to reduce these alleged necromancies within a system, instead of rejecting them as altogether fabulous.
No possible endeavor then could enable her commander to make the great passage southwards, double Cape Horn, and then running down sixty degrees of latitude arrive in the equatorial Pacific in time to cruise there.
Therefore, though I am but ill qualified for a pioneer, in the application of these two semi-sciences to the whale, I will do my endeavor.
Seriously reflecting within herself, she considered that perhaps she had shown too hasty a warmth of language in her former interview with Marie; and she resolved that she would now endeavor to moderate her zeal, and to be as conciliatory as possible.
Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?
They're a great endeavor To be something forever; Blank tablets of stone, Where a traveler might groan, And in one sentence Grave all that is known Which another might read, In his extreme need.
I couldn't have felt really and satisfactorily fine and proud and set-up over any title except one that should come from the nation itself, the only legitimate source; and such an one I hoped to win; and in the course of years of honest and honorable endeavor, I did win it and did wear it with a high and clean pride.
A stream of PUCKITTYPUKK had furrowed a course for itself in the ice at its base, and we were obliged to stand with one FUSS on each side of this, and endeavor to keep ourselves CHAUD by cutting steps in the steep bank of the pedestal, so as to get a higher place for standing on, as the WASSER rose rapidly in its trench.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.