Definition of endeavour in English:


Line breaks: en|deav¦our
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɛvə
, ɛn-/
(US endeavor)


[no object, with infinitive]


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  • 1An attempt to achieve a goal: [with infinitive]: an endeavour to reduce serious injury
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    • Among my own more active endeavours was an attempt to hire a man to help with fetching water and doing laundry, both considered women's work.
    • Local administrators have undertaken to revitalise the sport and have brought to the Silver City a group of players and development personnel in an endeavor to achieve this.
    • The team maintained the pressure and Gore was rewarded for his endeavour with a goal to seal the win from close range.
    attempt, try, bid, effort, trial, venture
    informal go, crack, shot, stab, bash, whack, whirl
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Earnest, prolonged, and industrious effort: enthusiasm is a vital ingredient in all human endeavour
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    • Over 38 games application, effort, endeavour, commitment and preparation go a long way and we have them in abundance.
    • The Sunday Schools sprang from the same era of earnest endeavour, as did the widespread drive to establish Friendly Societies supervised by the clergy.
    • The basic requirement for each participant is measured by hours of endeavour and effort with no student having an advantage over another in earning the award.
    striving, struggling, labouring, struggle, labour, hard work, hard slog, effort, exertion, application, industry; pains
    informal sweat, {blood, sweat, and tears}, elbow grease
    British informal graft
    Australian/New Zealand informal (hard) yakka
    archaic travail, moil
  • 1.2An enterprise or undertaking: a portfolio of business endeavours
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    • What political endeavors should be undertaken or supported?
    • The project is a five-year endeavor undertaken as a partnership between IBM and National Geographic.
    • It's the first time in almost 20 years such an endeavour has been undertaken.
    undertaking, enterprise, venture, pursuit, exercise, activity, exploit, deed, act, action, move; scheme, plan, project
    informal caper


late Middle English (in the sense 'exert oneself'): from the phrase put oneself in devoir 'do one's utmost' (see devoir).

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