When you endeavor to do something, you try hard to make it happen. A determined student might endeavor to get straight As on her report card.

  • Pronunciation: / ɪn'dɛvɚ /
  • English Description: try very hard to do something
  • Chinese Translation: 努力(nu3 li4)
  • Spanish Translation: procurar
  • STORY: "The ordinary objects of human endeavor — property, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible," wrote Albert Einstein. Presumably, NASA had loftier objects in mind when they named one of their space shuttles Endeavour, using the British spelling. The word comes from the Old French phrase mettre en deveir, or "put in duty." As a verb, it's a more impressive word thantry and suggests you're doing your darnedest to make something happen.


  • Of course, there are many reasons why searching for a new job is a difficult endeavor.
  • The diplomacy with Iran, an endeavor that faced vociferous opposition throughout, was aimed at curbing the Islamic republic's ability to produce a nuclear weapon.

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