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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
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.
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).]
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]
syn: See effort.
Past participle: endeavored
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|Noun||1.||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"
|2.||endeavor - 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
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"
|Verb||1.||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"
buck - to strive with determination; "John is bucking for a promotion"
1. A trying to do or make something:
endeavour(inˈdevə) (American) endeavor (inˈdevə(r)) verb
to attempt; to try (to do something). He endeavoured to attract the waiter's attention. beywer, strewe يُحاوِل правя опит tentar snažit se sich bemühen bestræbe sig på; anstrenge sig for προσπαθώ, πασχίζωesforzarse püüdma کوشیدن؛ تقلا کردن yrittää s'efforcerמאמץ प्रयत्न करना nastojati berusaha kappkosta, leitast við tentare 努力する 노력하다 stengtis censties; pūlēties berusaha trachtenforsøke, bestrebe/anstrenge seg for usiłować هڅه، كول، زيار ايستل، كو شش كول tentar a încerca пытаться usilovať sa prizadevati si nastojati försöka, bemöda sig พยายาม uğraşmak, çabalamak 盡力，竭力 намагатися; докладати зусиль کوشش کرنا nỗ lực 尽力，竭力noun
an attempt. He succeeded in his endeavour to climb the Everest. poging مُحاوَلَه опит tentativa pokus das Bestreben forsøg tentativa, intento püüe تلاش yritys tentative לְהִשתָדֵל कोशिश nastojanje upaya viðleitni, tilraun tentativo 努力 노력 bandymas, pastangos cenšanās; pūles usaha pogingforsøk, bestrebelse, anstrengelsepróba هڅه tentativa tentativă попытка pokus prizadevanje nastojanje bemödande, försök ความพยายาม çaba, gayret, girişim 盡力，努力 намагання; зусилля ایک کوشش sự nỗ lực 尽力，努力
n. empeño, esfuerzo.