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

  • n. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt.
  • n. Purposeful or industrious activity; enterprise.
  • transitive v. To attempt (fulfillment of a responsibility or an obligation, for example) by employment or expenditure of effort: endeavored to improve the quality of life in the inner city.
  • intransitive v. To work with a set or specified goal or purpose.

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.
  • v. To attempt through application of effort.
  • v. To work with purpose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial.
  • intransitive v. To exert one's self; to work for a certain end.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put, apply, or exert (one's self) to do a thing: used reflexively.
  • To attempt to gain; try to effect; strive to achieve or attain; strive after.
  • To labor or exert one's self to do or effect something; strive; try; make an effort: followed by an infinitive.
  • To direct one's efforts or labor toward some object or end; fix one's course; aim: with at, for, or after.
  • Synonyms Undertake, Endeavor, etc. (see attempt); to seek, aim, struggle.
  • n. An effort; an essay; an attempt; an exertion of physical or mental powers toward the attainment of an object.
  • n. Synonyms Struggle, trial.

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


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

Middle English endevour, from endeveren, to make an effort, from (putten) in dever, (to put oneself) in duty, make it one's duty : in, in; see in1 + dever, duty (from Old French deveir, devoir, duty; see devoir).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English endevour, from endeveren ("to make an effort"), from (putten) in dever ("(to put oneself) in duty"): in + dever ("duty") (from Old French deveir, devoir ("duty")).



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