Definition of endeavour in English:


(US endeavor)


  • Try hard to do or achieve something.

    ‘he is endeavouring to help the Third World’
    • ‘In his later years he endeavoured, without success, to achieve a peace settlement with France.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nigeria has consistently endeavored to improve the quality of teaching.’
    • ‘They should also endeavor not to let security arrangements set the tone for discussion.’
    • ‘Despite my shortcomings, I am endeavouring to use all of the resources at my disposal to improve my abilities.’
    • ‘But they have also endeavored to secure it against the outside world.’
    • ‘From a strategic viewpoint, the principal need was to understand precisely what each public sector organization was endeavouring to achieve.’
    • ‘However, City of York Council is endeavouring to provide 300 new affordable homes across the city every year in a variety of innovative schemes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He will be endeavouring to get back to this country as soon as possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Parents and teachers up and down the land are endeavouring to instil high standards of personal behaviour and responsibility among young children.’
    • ‘That is a frustration for us, when obviously we are endeavouring to see whether resolution is achievable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tour operators throughout Ireland were yesterday endeavouring to make contingency plans to cope with thousands of travellers.’
    • ‘While the Council has endeavoured to achieve consistency between cases, it would be prepared to make an exception if the occasion required this.’
    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
    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
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  • 1An attempt to achieve a goal.

    [with infinitive] ‘an endeavour to reduce serious injury’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They must again meet, and exert their best endeavours to settle the business amicably.’
    • ‘He has also opposed endeavors to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This show isn't just a talent contest but is a serious endeavour to find a recording artist who will have international success.’
    • ‘He expressed his appreciation of everyone involved in nominating him for the peace award in recognition of his endeavours to bring about the Agreement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ecumenical movement is the formal endeavor by Christians to achieve unity in the face of denominational differences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The website goes further and tells how you can support this endeavor by becoming a producer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In our endeavors to produce the achievement awards, it is our intention each year to create the best event in the Aboriginal community.’
    • ‘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.’
    attempt, try, bid, effort, trial, venture
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Earnest, prolonged, and industrious effort.
      ‘enthusiasm is a vital ingredient in all human endeavour’
      • ‘Should effort and endeavour be punished or derided?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, the outcome that you might achieve from your endeavor also could be significant.’
      • ‘But if you're a pioneering, high-achieving Scotswoman, what extraordinary standards of human endeavour are required before you qualify for a statue?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thirty years of human endeavour doesn't appear to have wrought any changes in the way we dress or live.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘he has impressed me with his effort and endeavour,’ said Hughes.’
      • ‘Because we believe that ‘we achieve more by our common endeavour than we achieve alone’.’
      • ‘Yet, as always, economics remains an exercise in hindsight, and managing the ups and downs of economic cycles a task beyond human endeavour.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Over 38 games application, effort, endeavour, commitment and preparation go a long way and we have them in abundance.’
      • ‘It's about hope, team work, and human endeavour.’
      • ‘The plaque tells us the sculpture is ‘a symbol of universal human endeavour.’’
      • ‘Beyond its specific subject, it is a wholly credible representation of human endeavour, flawed, troublesome, occasionally magnificent.’
      striving, struggling, labouring, struggle, labour, hard work, hard slog, effort, exertion, application, Industry
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    2. 1.2An enterprise or undertaking.
      ‘a portfolio of business 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.’
      • ‘The development of this orbital facility has been called the largest international scientific and technological endeavor ever undertaken.’
      • ‘The International Space Station is the most complex international endeavor ever undertaken.’
      • ‘Then you tell me that you're using drugs to enhance your artistic endeavors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most of all, though, have fun and good luck in pursuing your romantic endeavors.’
      • ‘The only way to foster that knowledge is to participate in the research endeavor.’
      • ‘It's the first time in almost 20 years such an endeavour has been undertaken.’
      • ‘What political endeavors should be undertaken or supported?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scientific research, like other cooperative endeavors, requires trust to flourish.’
      • ‘Outside of his scientific endeavors, the prince also made changes to the principality.’
      • ‘Obviously the glass ceiling has not stopped these women from succeeding in their business endeavors.’
      • ‘In writing, as in every other human endeavor, completion is not our business.’
      • ‘From this point forward, Europeans and Americans engaged in artistic endeavors were divided into two increasingly distinct constituencies.’
      • ‘The project is a five-year endeavor undertaken as a partnership between IBM and National Geographic.’
      • ‘In ancient Greek mythology, Muses were goddesses of science and art who inspired creative endeavors.’
      • ‘Politicians and lawyers will achieve success in their endeavours.’
      undertaking, enterprise, venture, pursuit, exercise, activity, exploit, deed, act, action, move
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘exert oneself’): from the phrase put oneself in devoir ‘do one's utmost’(see devoir).