Definition of endeavour in English:

endeavour

(US endeavor)

verb

  • no object, with infinitive Try hard to do or achieve something.

    ‘he is endeavouring to help the Third World’
    • ‘I worked hard to obtain these codes, and I endeavored to keep them safe from all others, to ensure they are used in the best possible way.’
    • ‘In his later years he endeavoured, without success, to achieve a peace settlement with France.’
    • ‘Parents and teachers up and down the land are endeavouring to instil high standards of personal behaviour and responsibility among young children.’
    • ‘We endeavor to create a sanctuary where they can express themselves without censorship.’
    • ‘Nick was endeavoring to teach himself perspective, and having a hard time of it.’
    • ‘From a strategic viewpoint, the principal need was to understand precisely what each public sector organization was endeavouring to achieve.’
    • ‘Tour operators throughout Ireland were yesterday endeavouring to make contingency plans to cope with thousands of travellers.’
    • ‘That is a frustration for us, when obviously we are endeavouring to see whether resolution is achievable.’
    • ‘Despite my shortcomings, I am endeavouring to use all of the resources at my disposal to improve my abilities.’
    • ‘They endeavored to create a professional atmosphere where one could make a substantial living wage.’
    • ‘"Since their inception, statisticians have endeavored to improve the quality and accuracy of these statistics.’
    • ‘The project became a labour of love for the whole practice as it endeavoured to squeeze the best possible design out of a pretty limited budget.’
    • ‘He added: ‘We are aware that there is an issue with the tiles and we are endeavouring to resolve the problem as soon as we can.’’
    • ‘Nigeria has consistently endeavored to improve the quality of teaching.’
    • ‘They should also endeavor not to let security arrangements set the tone for discussion.’
    • ‘While the Council has endeavoured to achieve consistency between cases, it would be prepared to make an exception if the occasion required this.’
    • ‘However, City of York Council is endeavouring to provide 300 new affordable homes across the city every year in a variety of innovative schemes.’
    • ‘He will be endeavouring to get back to this country as soon as possible.’
    • ‘A spokesperson for the minister told the Western People that he is endeavouring to get the Authority up and running as soon as he can.’
    • ‘In the past years she suffered serious illnesses but on each occasion she defied the prognosis and got back on her feet, endeavouring to continue her good work.’
    • ‘But they have also endeavored to secure it against the outside world.’
    try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out
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noun

  • 1An attempt to achieve a goal.

    with infinitive ‘an endeavour to reduce serious injury’
    • ‘He expressed his appreciation of everyone involved in nominating him for the peace award in recognition of his endeavours to bring about the Agreement.’
    • ‘The ultimate goal of these endeavours was to create a European identity based on common values and a common desire to develop a Europe free of wars.’
    • ‘We trust you will use your best endeavours to achieve the above and mitigate the effect that your delays have caused to the regular progress of the works.’
    • ‘He has also opposed endeavors to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.’
    • ‘The website goes further and tells how you can support this endeavor by becoming a producer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are grateful to have its commitment to supporting us in our endeavours to reduce the impact of cancer in our community.’
    • ‘The group standards mechanism in the bill will reduce compliance costs, and it is an endeavour to reduce those costs.’
    • ‘They must again meet, and exert their best endeavours to settle the business amicably.’
    • ‘This show isn't just a talent contest but is a serious endeavour to find a recording artist who will have international success.’
    • ‘This is a city that rarely sleeps, that never seems to rest in its quest for pleasure, in its endeavour at enterprise, in its inherent divinity.’
    • ‘In our endeavors to produce the achievement awards, it is our intention each year to create the best event in the Aboriginal community.’
    • ‘Their achievements in these endeavors gained them some of the social legitimation which they previously lacked.’
    • ‘The main aim of such endeavors should be to achieve a flexible ‘ubiquitous’ educational system.’
    • ‘The team maintained the pressure and Gore was rewarded for his endeavour with a goal to seal the win from close range.’
    • ‘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 ecumenical movement is the formal endeavor by Christians to achieve unity in the face of denominational differences.’
    attempt, try, bid, effort, trial, venture
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    1. 1.1mass noun Earnest, prolonged, and industrious effort.
      ‘enthusiasm is a vital ingredient in all human endeavour’
      • ‘But, the outcome that you might achieve from your endeavor also could be significant.’
      • ‘It's about hope, team work, and human endeavour.’
      • ‘This victory is a huge milestone for the club, as it is their first ever title in any grade, and overdue reward for the years of effort and endeavour by a dedicated group of officials and players.’
      • ‘The drama, bravery and human endeavour involved in the prize ring seems to inspire authors beyond the common drudgery of your average sports biography and this is no exception.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘he has impressed me with his effort and endeavour,’ said Hughes.’
      • ‘Rather, science becomes something that we learn to live with, and nature, not human endeavour, becomes our supposed source of inspiration and meaning.’
      • ‘The collective endeavour towards a creative goal is clearly something he thrives on.’
      • ‘Should effort and endeavour be punished or derided?’
      • ‘Because we believe that ‘we achieve more by our common endeavour than we achieve alone’.’
      • ‘Beyond its specific subject, it is a wholly credible representation of human endeavour, flawed, troublesome, occasionally magnificent.’
      • ‘The plaque tells us the sculpture is ‘a symbol of universal human endeavour.’’
      • ‘People like the Victorian reformer John Ruskin argued that the working classes should be included in education, so that all could appreciate the wonders of human intellectual endeavour.’
      • ‘Yet, as always, economics remains an exercise in hindsight, and managing the ups and downs of economic cycles a task beyond human endeavour.’
      • ‘It is now almost cliché to talk of women having stormed every male bastion given their entry into and success in virtually every field of human endeavour.’
      • ‘Thirty years of human endeavour doesn't appear to have wrought any changes in the way we dress or live.’
      • ‘Over 38 games application, effort, endeavour, commitment and preparation go a long way and we have them in abundance.’
      • ‘‘Other than our defensive lapses and the fact we forgot our shooting boots, I could not fault them for their effort and endeavour,’ he said.’
      • ‘But if you're a pioneering, high-achieving Scotswoman, what extraordinary standards of human endeavour are required before you qualify for a statue?’
      • ‘The Sunday Schools sprang from the same era of earnest endeavour, as did the widespread drive to establish Friendly Societies supervised by the clergy.’
      striving, struggling, labouring, struggle, labour, hard work, hard slog, effort, exertion, application, industry
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    2. 1.2 An enterprise or undertaking.
      ‘a portfolio of business endeavours’
      • ‘Obviously the glass ceiling has not stopped these women from succeeding in their business endeavors.’
      • ‘Then you tell me that you're using drugs to enhance your artistic endeavors.’
      • ‘It's the first time in almost 20 years such an endeavour has been undertaken.’
      • ‘Most of all, though, have fun and good luck in pursuing your romantic endeavors.’
      • ‘In ancient Greek mythology, Muses were goddesses of science and art who inspired creative endeavors.’
      • ‘The International Space Station is the most complex international endeavor ever undertaken.’
      • ‘The NFL, like any other successful business endeavor, makes it on meritocracy, not charity.’
      • ‘And yes, we are enjoying modest profits these days, affording us the opportunity to reinvest in innumerable political and artistic endeavors.’
      • ‘The development of this orbital facility has been called the largest international scientific and technological endeavor ever undertaken.’
      • ‘The only way to foster that knowledge is to participate in the research endeavor.’
      • ‘In writing, as in every other human endeavor, completion is not our business.’
      • ‘Outside of his scientific endeavors, the prince also made changes to the principality.’
      • ‘Therefore, he was able to succeed in all the impetuous endeavors he attempted.’
      • ‘I've traveled the world, meeting my fellow members and helping them in some of the most amazing endeavors ever attempted by mankind.’
      • ‘Politicians and lawyers will achieve success in their endeavours.’
      • ‘We expect encouragement when others believe that what we are attempting is a worthwhile endeavor or when it is obvious that there is a chance of success.’
      • ‘What political endeavors should be undertaken or supported?’
      • ‘The project is a five-year endeavor undertaken as a partnership between IBM and National Geographic.’
      • ‘From this point forward, Europeans and Americans engaged in artistic endeavors were divided into two increasingly distinct constituencies.’
      • ‘Scientific research, like other cooperative endeavors, requires trust to flourish.’
      undertaking, enterprise, venture, pursuit, exercise, activity, exploit, deed, act, action, move
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

endeavour

/ɪnˈdɛvə//ɛnˈdɛvə/