• WordNet 3.6
    • v endeavor attempt by employing effort "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
    • n endeavor 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"
    • n endeavor a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness) "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavor space shuttle from Sept 12-20, 1992
    • n Endeavor An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial. "To employ all my endeavor to obey you."
    • v. i Endeavor To exert one's self; to work for a certain end.Usually with an infinitive; as, to endeavor to outstrip an antagonist.He had . . . endeavored earnestly to do his duty. Prescott. "And such were praised who but endeavored well."
    • v. t Endeavor 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. "It is our duty to endeavor the recovery of these beneficial subjects."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • endeavor To put, apply, or exert (one's self) to do a thing: used reflexively.
    • endeavor To attempt to gain; try to effect; strive to achieve or attain; strive after.
    • endeavor To labor or exert one's self to do or effect something; strive; try; make an effort: followed by an infinitive.
    • endeavor To direct one's efforts or labor toward some object or end; fix one's course; aim: with at, for, or after.
    • endeavor Synonyms Undertake, Endeavor, etc. (see attempt); to seek, aim, struggle.
    • n endeavor An effort; an essay; an attempt; an exertion of physical or mental powers toward the attainment of an object.
    • n endeavor Synonyms Struggle, trial.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.”
  • John Haggai
    John Haggai
    “Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor.”
  • John Huston
    John Huston
    “After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.”
  • Frederic Bastiat
    Frederic Bastiat
    “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Some men got a boat and endeavored to reach the sufferers.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
It has broadened their feeling of Christian fellowship with the great army of fellow Endeavorers.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 01, January, 1900" by Various
For the present, at least, this consideration furnishes the best guide to procedure in the field of private endeavor.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
I shall endeavor to conform to the views of the United States, in any further direction with which they may please to honor me.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. XI" by Various
If, however, this further objective is not known to the commander, he will endeavor to obtain a proper point of reference.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
Why do I detail to such length these items of endeavor; experiences which have had similarity in many lives?
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
He endeavored to escape, to join the armies of Austria and Prussia, which were marching to his relief.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Jane, with her eyes riveted upon her dying parent, endeavored to hold the light.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Department of Christian Endeavor.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 3, July, 1900" by Various
The Senate had to interpret the decision, and on the discussion of the question among them Clodius endeavored to talk against time.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Ah, vain is thine endeavor;
It naught availeth--nay;
For lonely as thou camest,
So shalt thou pass away.
"In The Wilderness" by Morris Rosenfeld
I grunted, grunted as I flew
And moved in vain endeavor,
But even then I thought it true
That I would live forever.
"The Epic Of The Hog" by Edwin Carty Ranck
I had visited her often,
Long had sought, with vain endeavor,
Her obdurate heart to soften;
But she answered, "never, never."
"The Pursuit" by Gamaliel Bradford
They try to shut their saddening eyes,
And in the vain endeavor
We see them twinkling in the skies,
And so they wink forever.
"Album Verses" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
His spirit shall sometimes visit
Your souls with message of cheer,
And, with unseen hands, endeavor
To wipe from your eyes the tear.
"Consolatory" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Farewell to the old year forever,
And all its sorrows and care
We'll bury in our hearts, and endeavor
New troubles and trials to bear.
"New Year" by Julia A Moore

In news:

The result is " Brave ," an entertaining, largely successful endeavor whose greatest fault — ironically enough — is a lack of scope.
Ken Burns ' 'The Dust Bowl' a timely, exceptional endeavor.
Move is the latest in Allen's many endeavors.
Though located on Park Street, what the Homeroom Racing Café offers isn't only an Alameda endeavor.
"A Broadway Christmas Carol" might be more about Broadway show tunes than the story of Scrooge, but it s a successful endeavor.
No event like the space shuttle Endeavor flyover has brought out so much excitement for photography or been as much of a boon for apps like Instagram.
As a commitment to its clients , GF Securities endeavors to provide the most creative and professional services in the market GF Securities has a registered capital of RMB 5.9 billion and a staff of over 9,470.
Eric Simonoff at William Morris Endeavor brokered the North American rights deal, closing at auction, with S&S publisher Jonathan Karp.
I've been saying for years that it takes just one business-building idea to make attendance at one of Furniture/Today's conferences a worthwhile endeavor.
I read with disappointment the June 13 Dave Link story updating my basketball endeavors.
It is the responsibility of every attorney to endeavor, without exception, to litigate in a cost-effective manner.
We chose to count pledges because we believe gifts alone don't adequately reflect a philanthropic culture in which donors often make sweeping multiyear promises that inspire their peers to greater charitable endeavors.
What began as a simple hobby for Cailie Zeidler, 10, has transformed into an artistic and charitable endeavor.
Opening a frozen custard shop in an area already rife with frozen treat shops and fast food chains is a daring endeavor.
Just when you thought Kickstarter was a fairy land where money magically appeared for worthy artistic endeavors and nary a ne'er-do-well could be found, something like this happens.

In science:

We also thank several collaborators, particularly Lukas Labhardt and Frank Thim, who have joined us at different stages of our long endeavor.
The Hubble Constant: A Summary of the HST Program for the Luminosity Calibration of Type Ia Supernovae by Means of Cepheids
The previous work serves as a guide for this present endeavor.
The Projection Operator Method and the Ashtekar-Horowitz-Boulware Model
One part of this endeavor is to develop the formal framework, i.e., the set of axioms together with their physical interpretation.
Two-dimensional quantum Yang-Mills theory with corners
Due to the complex self-consistent problem that is at stake, Kolobov and Tsendin endeavored to develop an analytical approach with a formidable complexity.
Electron Trapping by Electric Field Reversals in Glow Discharges
So at this stage he possessed the mathematical tool, born out of his endeavor to enforce his physical constraints, that enabled him to work out in a straightforward manner the consequence of replacing 1 2 gβρ gρα,µ by the Christoffel tensor.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity