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endeavour or (US) endeavor (ɪnˈdɛvə )



  1. to try (to do something)


  1. an effort to do or attain something

Derived Forms

enˈdeavourer, (US) enˈdeavorer  noun

Word Origin

C14: endeveren, from en-1 + -deveren from dever duty, from Old French deveir; see devoirs


View thesaurus entry
= try, labour, attempt, aim, struggle, venture, undertake, essay, strive, aspire, have a go, go for it (informal), make an effort, have a shot (informal), have a crack (informal), take pains, bend over backwards (informal), do your best, go for broke (slang), bust a gut (informal), give it your best shot (informal), jump through hoops (informal), have a stab (informal), break your neck (informal), make an all-out effort (informal), knock yourself out (informal), do your damnedest (informal), give it your all (informal), rupture yourself (informal)
= attempt, try, shot (informal), effort, trial, go (informal), aim, bid, crack (informal), venture, enterprise, undertaking, essay, stab (informal)

Translations for 'endeavour'

  • British English: endeavour If you endeavour to do something, you try very hard to do it. VERBI will endeavour to arrange it.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tentar
  • Chinese: 努力
  • European Spanish: esforzarse
  • French: s'efforcer
  • German: sich bemühen
  • Italian: tentare
  • Japanese: 努力する
  • Korean: ~하려고 애쓰다
  • Portuguese: tentar
  • Spanish: esforzarse
  • British English: endeavour An endeavour is an attempt to do something, especially something new or original. NOUNHis first endeavours in the field were wedding films.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tentativa
  • Chinese: 尝试尝嘗试試
  • European Spanish: esfuerzo
  • French: tentative
  • German: Bemühung
  • Italian: tentativo
  • Japanese: 試み
  • Korean: 시도
  • Portuguese: tentativa
  • Spanish: esfuerzo

Example Sentences Including 'endeavour'

Once he is convinced, then he will endeavour to have you returned to Fardohnya.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
You are living in a wonderful age, you must always endeavour to make the most of this privilege...' That afternoon's endeavour was sports.
Philip Marsden THE MAIN CAGES (2002)
But since the catastrophe he had become mistrustful of all endeavour which tried to improve the human lot.
Salley Vickers MR GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAY (2003)


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