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noun (Plural endeavours)
  1. A sincere attempt. A determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal.
  2. Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 9.
    • : The like has been the of critics, logicians, and even politicians :
Translations: 
  • Dutch: onderneming(nl)
  • Spanish: tentativa(es)f
verb 
  1. To attempt through application of effort.
  2. To work with purpose.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 2.
    • : The other species of philosophers consider man in the light of a reasonable rather thant an active being, and to form his understanding more than cultivate his manners.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: ondernemen(nl)
  • French: s'efforcer(fr)
Etymology: endevour, from endeveren, to make an effort, from putten in dever, (putten) in dever, (to put oneself) in duty: in + dever, duty (from deveir, devoir, duty).


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