Definition of


  1. (noun, act) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    wished him luck in his endeavor
    she gave it a good try
  2. (noun, act) a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
  3. (verb, social) attempt by employing effort

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Synonyms of Endeavor

attempt, effort, endeavour, enterprise, strive, try

Origin of the word Endeavor

  1. early 15c., lit. "in duty," from phrase put (oneself) in dever "make it one's duty" (a partial translation of O.Fr. mettre en deveir "put in duty"), from O.Fr. dever "duty," from L. debere "to owe" (see debt). One's endeavors meaning one's "utmost effort" is from late 15c. Related: Endeavored; endeavoring. more

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