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NOUN (2)

1. a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness);
- Example: "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
[syn: enterprise, endeavor, endeavour]

2. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something;
- Example: "made an effort to cover all the reading material"
- Example: "wished him luck in his endeavor"
- Example: "she gave it a good try"
[syn: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try]


VERB (1)

1. attempt by employing effort;
- Example: "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
[syn: endeavor, endeavour, strive]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Endeavor \En*deav"or\, v. i. To exert one's self; to work for a certain end. [1913 Webster] And such were praised who but endeavored well. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Note: Usually with an infinitive; as, to endeavor to outstrip an antagonist. [1913 Webster] He had . . . endeavored earnestly to do his duty. --Prescott. Syn: To attempt; try; strive; struggle; essay; aim; seek. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Endeavor \En*deav"or\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Endeavored; p. pr. & vb. n. Endeavoring.] [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.] [Written also endeavour.] 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. [1913 Webster] It is our duty to endeavor the recovery of these beneficial subjects. --Ld. Chatham. [1913 Webster] To endeavor one's self, to exert one's self strenuously to the fulfillment of a duty. [Obs.] "A just man that endeavoreth himself to leave all wickedness." --Latimer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Endeavor \En*deav"or\, n. [Written also endeavour.] An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial. [1913 Webster] To employ all my endeavor to obey you. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] To do one's endeavor, to do one's duty; to put forth strenuous efforts to attain an object; -- a phrase derived from the Middle English phrase "to do one's dever" (duty). "Mr. Prynne proceeded to show he had done endeavor to prepare his answer." --Fuller. Syn: Essay; trial; effort; exertion. See Attempt. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

endeavor n 1: a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise" [syn: enterprise, endeavor, endeavour] 2: 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" [syn: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try] v 1: attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy" [syn: endeavor, endeavour, strive]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

151 Moby Thesaurus words for "endeavor": accept, accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, acta, action, address, adventure, aim, aim to, apply, approach, aspire, assay, assume, attack, attempt, attempt to, be determined, bid, blow, buckle down, buckle to, coup, crack, dare to, dealings, deed, determine, doing, doings, effort, elbow grease, embark in, embark upon, energy, engage in, enter on, enter upon, enterprise, essay, exertion, experiment, exploit, fait accompli, fall into, fall to, feat, fling, gambit, gest, get under way, go, go about, go all out, go at, go in for, go into, go upon, hand, handiwork, hard pull, hassle, have at, hump, hump it, intend, job, knuckle down, labor, launch forth, launch into, lay about, lay to, lick, long pull, make an effort, maneuver, measure, might and main, move, move into, muscle, nerve and sinew, offer, operation, overt act, pains, passage, performance, pitch into, plunge into, ply the oar, pretend to, proceed to, proceeding, production, purpose, push, res gestae, resolve, seek, seek to, set about, set at, set forward, set going, set to, shot, spare no effort, stab, step, strain, strive, strive to, striving, stroke, strong bid, struggle, study, study to, stunt, sweat, sweat blood, tackle, take on, take up, tentative, thing, thing done, toil, tour de force, transaction, travail, trial, trial and error, trouble, try, try and, try to, turn, turn to, undertake, undertaking, venture, venture to, venture upon, whack, work, works
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ENDEAVOR, crim. law. An attempt. (q.v.) Vide Revolt.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Endeavor, WI -- U.S. village in Wisconsin Population (2000): 440 Housing Units (2000): 170 Land area (2000): 0.642079 sq. miles (1.662978 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.059699 sq. miles (0.154620 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.701778 sq. miles (1.817598 sq. km) FIPS code: 24075 Located within: Wisconsin (WI), FIPS 55 Location: 43.715813 N, 89.468948 W ZIP Codes (1990): 53930 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Endeavor, WI Endeavor