Definitions for: Endeavor


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.
--Prescott.

Syn: To attempt; try; strive; struggle; essay; aim; seek.


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.
Sidney.

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.

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

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