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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.
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