endeavor
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɪnˈdɛv.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ɛnˈdɛv.ɚ/
Noun

endeavor (plural endeavors) (American spelling)

  1. A sincere attempt; a determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal; assiduous or persistent activity.
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endeavor (endeavors, present participle endeavoring; past and past participle endeavored) (American spelling)

  1. (obsolete) To exert oneself. [15th-17th c.]
    • 1709, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Criticism, London: Printed for W. Lewis […], published 1711, OCLC 15810849 ↗:
      And such were Prais'd who but endeavour'd well.
  2. (intransitive) To attempt through application of effort (to do something); to try strenuously. [from 16th c.]
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral (London: Oxford University Press, 1973), § 2:
      The other species of philosophers consider man in the light of a reasonable rather than an active being, and endeavour to form his understanding more than cultivate his manners.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To attempt (something). [16th-17th c.]
    • It is our duty to endeavour the recovery of these beneficial subjects.
    • 1669 May 18, Sir Isaac Newton, Letter (to Francis Aston):
      If you be affronted, it is better, in a foreign country, to pass it by in silence, and with a jest, though with some dishonour, than to endeavour revenge; for, in the first case, your credit's ne'er the worse when you return into England, or come into other company that have not heard of the quarrel.
  4. To work with purpose.
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