from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of endeavor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sincere attempt; a determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal.
  • n. Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See endeavor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attempt by employing effort
  • n. a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
  • n. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something


Middle English endeveren, corresponding to en- +‎ devoir; compare Middle French se mettre en devoir de faire ("to make it one's duty to do, to endeavour to do"). (Wiktionary)


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