verb[no object, with infinitive]
- Try hard to do or achieve something: he is endeavouring to help the Third WorldMore example sentences
try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out; strive, struggle, labour, toil, work hard, try hard, exert oneself, apply oneself, do one's best, do one's utmost, give one's all, be at pains; work at, try one's hand at• informal slog away, give something a whirl, have a go at, have a shot at, have a stab at, give something one's best shot, do one's damnedest, go all out, bend over backwards, break one's neck, bust a gut, move heaven and earth• formal essay
- From a strategic viewpoint, the principal need was to understand precisely what each public sector organization was endeavouring to achieve.
- While the Council has endeavoured to achieve consistency between cases, it would be prepared to make an exception if the occasion required this.
- That is a frustration for us, when obviously we are endeavouring to see whether resolution is achievable.
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- 1An attempt to achieve a goal: [with infinitive]: an endeavour to reduce serious injuryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Earnest, prolonged, and industrious effort: enthusiasm is a vital ingredient in all human endeavourMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2An enterprise or undertaking: a portfolio of business endeavoursMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'exert oneself'): from the phrase put oneself in devoir 'do one's utmost' (see devoir).