What is the most worthwhile endeavor


[ en-dev-er ]

/ ɛnˈdɛv ər /


verb (used without object)

to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; strive: We must constantly endeavor if we are to succeed.

verb (used with object)

to attempt; try: He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.

Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.


a strenuous effort; attempt.

Words nearby endeavor

endbrain, endcap, endear, endearing, endearment, endeavor, endeavour, endecott, endemic, endemic hematuria, endemic neuritis

Also especially British, en·deav·our.

Origin of endeavor

1350–1400;Middle Englishendeveren, from the phrase putten in devoir to make an effort, assume responsibility; compare Anglo-Frenchse mettre en deveir. See en-1, devoir


en·deav·or·er; especially British, en·deav·our·er, nounpre·en·deav·or, noun

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Examples from the Web for endeavor

  • He stops after a second, looks around him and laughs, apparently realizing the absurdity of the endeavor.

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  • Looking back, our readers gave us all the faith we needed to pursue this endeavor.

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  • Critical to this endeavor is the drumroll of hell-fire sermons from the tub-thumpers of talk radio and Fox News.

    The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One|Jack Schwartz|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • If he is successful in that endeavor, John Kasich could be the most formidable 2016 GOP candidate you do not know—yet.

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Words related to endeavor

undertaking, aim, struggle, venture, enterprise, effort, aspire, undertake, strive, essay, whirl, lick, shot, toil, exertion, fling, work, header, labor, try