WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
en•deav•or /ɛnˈdɛvɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ to + verb]
  1. to exert oneself to do or effect something;
    make an effort;
    strive;
    try:He always endeavored to be on time.

n. 
  1. a strong effort;
    attempt: [uncountable]a new field of endeavor.[countable]The boy made an honest endeavor to do the right thing.
Also, esp. Brit., enˈdeav•our.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
en•deav•or  (en devər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to exert oneself to do or effect something;
    make an effort;
    strive:We must constantly endeavor if we are to succeed.

v.t. 
  1. to attempt;
    try:He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
  2. [Archaic.]to attempt to achieve or gain.

n. 
  1. a strenuous effort* attempt.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] en•deavour.  en•deavor•er;
 [esp. Brit.,] en•deavour•er, n. 

  • 1350–1400; Middle English endeveren, from the phrase putten in devoir to make an effort, assume responsibility; compare Anglo-French se mettre en deveir. See en-1, devoir
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  try. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  effort. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

endeavour, US endeavor /ɪnˈdɛvə/ vb
  1. to try (to do something)
n
  1. an effort to do or attain something
Etymology: 14th Century: endeveren, from en-1 + -deveren from dever duty, from Old French deveir; see devoirs

enˈdeavourer, US enˈdeavorer n



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