What does endeavor mean?

Definitions for endeavor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word endeavor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enterprise, endeavor, endeavournoun

    a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)

    "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"

  2. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, tryverb

    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

    "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"

  3. endeavor, endeavour, striveverb

    attempt by employing effort

    "we endeavor to make our customers happy"


  1. endeavornoun

    A sincere attempt. A determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal.

  2. endeavornoun

    Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity.

  3. endeavorverb

    To attempt through application of effort.

  4. endeavorverb

    To work with purpose.

  5. Etymology: From endevour, from endeveren, from putten in dever: in + dever (from deveir, devoir).


  1. endeavor

    Endeavor can be defined as a systematic or determined effort made with the intention of achieving a specific goal. It typically involves taking on challenges, exerting oneself, and persisting through obstacles and setbacks in order to accomplish something significant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Endeavorverb

    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

  2. Endeavorverb

    to exert one's self; to work for a certain end

  3. Endeavornoun

    an exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial

  4. Etymology: [OE. endevor; pref. en- + dever, devoir, duty, F. devoir: cf. F. se mettre en devoir de faire quelque chose to try to do a thing, to go about it. See Devoir, Debt.]


  1. Endeavor

    Endeavor is a village in Marquette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 468 at the 2010 census.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of endeavor in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of endeavor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of endeavor in a Sentence

  1. Jen Psaki:

    At this time, it is critical that all sides avoid violence, the future of Yemen should be determined by the Yemeni people in accordance with Yemen's constitution ... All Yemenis have both a right and responsibility to peacefully participate in this process. The United States remains firmly committed to supporting all Yemenis in this endeavor.

  2. Plutarch:

    Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.

  3. Abraham Lincoln:

    Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed.

  4. Robert Boston:

    Had they relied on privately raised money for that endeavor, I don’t think anybody would’ve had a problem with it, but in fact they sought a variety of tax breaks and special tax incentives from the state of Kentucky and that put it in the position of essentially underwriting evangelism efforts with taxpayer money.

  5. Maury Fisher:

    It is my holiday endeavor to bring a smile to everyone appealing to the kids at heart in all of us.

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  • تسعى, غاية..محاولةArabic
  • усилие, старание, опитвам се, старая сеBulgarian
  • esforçCatalan, Valencian
  • namáhat se za, přičinit se za, úsilí, snažit se o, snaha, usilovat oCzech
  • (such) [[bemühen]], anstrengen, bestreben, Bemühung, UnternehmenGerman
  • tentativa, empresa, esfuerzo, procurar, empeñarse, empeño, esforzarSpanish
  • تلاش, کوشش, کوشش کردنPersian
  • ponnistus, ponnistella, yrittää, yritys, pyrkimys, pyrkiäFinnish
  • [[se]] [[dévouer]] [[à]] [[quelque chose]], tâcher, effort, entreprise, tenter, s’[[efforcer]]French
  • iomairtScottish Gaelic
  • प्रयास करनाHindi
  • igyekezet, igyekszikHungarian
  • ջանք, ճիգArmenian
  • impegno, sforzo, tentativo, tentare, adoperarsi, impresa, sforzarsiItalian
  • 事業, 努力, 努力するJapanese
  • ការខំប្រឹងខ្នះខ្នែង, សហគ្រាសKhmer
  • 노력Korean
  • nitiminiLatin
  • inspanning, zich [[beijveren]], moeite, ijveren, poging, nastreven, streven, proberenDutch
  • starać się, usiłowanie, próba, dążenie, przedsięwzięcie, usiłowaćPolish
  • empenho, tentativa, esforço, tentarPortuguese
  • tentativăRomanian
  • [[прилагать]] [[усилие, старание, предприятие, усилие, стараться, стремление, пытаться, попыткаRussian
  • podujatie, úlohaSlovak
  • strävaSwedish
  • çaba sarfetmek, gayret etmek, uğraş göstermek, çabalamak, teşvik etmekTurkish
  • 努力Chinese

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