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Meaning of ENDEAVOR

Pronunciation:  en'devur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
  3. [v]  attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"

ENDEAVOR is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: attempt, effort, endeavour, endeavour, enterprise, strive, try
 See Also: activity, assay, attempt, batting, battle, be at pains, best, bid, braving, buck, business activity, commercial activity, confronting, contribution, coping with, crack, essay, essay, fling, foray, forlorn hope, fraudulent scheme, go, grappling, illegitimate enterprise, labor, liberation, mug's game, nisus, offer, pains, part, pass, play, power play, project, racket, research effort, run, seek, seeking, share, shot, squeeze, squeeze play, strain, striving, struggle, struggle, tackling, take pains, takeover attempt, task, test, trial, try, undertaking, whirl, worst



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En*deav"or\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Endeavored}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Endeavoring}.] [OE. endevor; pref. en- + dever,
    devoir, duty, F. devoir: cf. F. se mettre en devoir de faire
    quelque chose to try to do a thing, to go about it. See
    {Devoir}, {Debt}.] [Written also {endeavour}.]
    To exert physical or intellectual strength for the attainment
    of; to use efforts to effect; to strive to achieve or reach;
    to try; to attempt.
          It is our duty to endeavor the recovery of these
          beneficial subjects.                     --Ld. Chatham.
    {To endeavor one's self}, to exert one's self strenuously to
       the fulfillment of a duty. [Obs.] ``A just man that
       endeavoreth himself to leave all wickedness.'' --Latimer.
  2. \En*deav"or\, v. i.
    To exert one's self; to work for a certain end.
          And such were praised who but endeavored well. --Pope.
    Note: Usually with an infinitive; as, to endeavor to outstrip
          an antagonist.
                He had . . . endeavored earnestly to do his duty.
    Syn: To attempt; try; strive; struggle; essay; aim; seek.
  3. \En*deav"or\, n. [Written also endeavour.]
    An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the
    attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt;
    an effort; a trial.
          To employ all my endeavor to obey you.   --Sir P.
    {To do one's endeavor}, to do one's duty; to put forth
       strenuous efforts to attain an object; -- a phrase derived
       from the Middle English phrase ``to do one's dever''
       (duty). ``Mr. Prynne proceeded to show he had done
       endeavor to prepare his answer.'' --Fuller.
    Syn: Essay; trial; effort; exertion. See {Attempt}.
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