American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of endeavor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See endeavor.
- n. A sincere attempt; a determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal.
- n. Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity.
- 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)
“With all due respect, Mr. Clark's experience in this endeavour is a mixed one to say the least.”
“Continued public investment in scientific endeavour is essential for the success of UK business and industry – and, more broadly, for a productive economy, a healthy society and a sustainable world.”
“The ego, so dominant in all Western endeavour, is seen as an obstacle to the ancient mystics, something that has to be steadily eroded.”
“Unable to rest or sleep, she quitted her asylum early, that she might again endeavour to find my brother.”
“It was dawn, and she quitted her asylum, that she might again endeavour to find my brother.”
“It might for a little while, but the beauty of science unique in human endeavour is that it has this awesome self correcting system.”
“His latest endeavour is the Pay It Forward bike tour in 2007 where his goal is to raise $1 million for disadvantaged youth.”
“Our endeavour is to make children aware of these evils such as drug addiction, alcoholism and other dangerous things.”
“Common endeavour is also very much in evidence in areas of nonproliferation and disarmament.”
“Moreover thou, O King, art our shepherd and ruler and he who wardeth off from us our foes, and to whom are committed our protection and our guardian, constant in endeavour for our safety.”
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