Definition of Endeavor

1. Noun. A purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness). "He had doubts about the whole enterprise"




2. Verb. Attempt by employing effort. "We endeavor to make our customers happy"
Exact synonyms: Endeavour, Strive
Specialized synonyms: Struggle, Be At Pains, Take Pains, Buck
Generic synonyms: Assay, Attempt, Essay, Seek, Try
Derivative terms: Endeavour, Endeavour, Striving

3. Noun. Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something. "She gave it a good try"

Definition of Endeavor

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To exert one's self; to work for a certain end.

3. n. An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial.

Definition of Endeavor

1. Noun. A sincere attempt. A determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal. ¹

2. Noun. Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity. ¹

3. Verb. To attempt through application of effort. ¹

4. Verb. To work with purpose. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Endeavor

1. to make an effort [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Endeavor

1. 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. "A just man that endeavoreth himself to leave all wickedness." Origin: 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 Alternative forms: 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." Synonym: Essay, trial, effort, exertion. See Attempt. Origin: Written also endeavour. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Endeavor

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endeavor (current term)
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Literary usage of Endeavor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1912)
"Christian endeavor stands for Spirituality and Catholicity. ... Christian endeavor stands for Good Citizenship in the broadest sense of the term, ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1906)
"Enough has been said of the declaration to show that it does allege the duty on the part of the plaintiff to be under the press in his endeavor to locate ..."

3. Ivanhoe: A Romance by Walter Scott (1895)
"... which we shall endeavor to describe in the next chapter. CHAPTER XXXVII. Stern was the law which bade its vot'ries leave At human woes with human hearts ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"But they endeavor to prove—(1st) That this grant was seen about the time it bears date; and (2<1) that Rosa had a ranch on this tract of land, ..."

5. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... and then that they should endeavor to put tho upper town into their hands ; and they thought tho inhabitants would tho more readily surrender when that ..."

6. The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale by Oliver Goldsmith (1900)
"... CHAPTER X The family endeavor to cope with their betters— The miseries of the poor when they attempt to appear above their circumstances. ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"of at least one of the botanists is assured, in the endeavor to have the flora, as well as the fauna, included in the catalogue. A liberal appropriation ..."

8. Library Journal by Richard Rogers Bowker, Charles Ammi Cutter, American Library Association, Library Association (1899)
"... should take the time and spend the money to go so far afield as Atlanta in their desire to second the endeavor of the South to promote a library ..."

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