effort vs endeavour what difference

what is difference between effort and endeavour



From Middle French effort, from Old French esfort, deverbal of esforcier (to force, exert), from Vulgar Latin *exfortiō, from Latin ex + fortis (strong).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛfət/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛfɚt/


effort (plural efforts)

  1. The work involved in performing an activity; exertion.
  2. An endeavor.
  3. A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
    • 1858, Macquorn Rankine, Manual of Applied Mechanics
      the two bodies between which the effort acts

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often used with “effort”: conscious, good, poor, etc.


  • struggle

Derived terms



effort (third-person singular simple present efforts, present participle efforting, simple past and past participle efforted)

  1. (uncommon, intransitive) To make an effort.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To strengthen, fortify or stimulate



From Middle French, from Old French esfort, from esforcier; morphologically, deverbal of efforcer. Compare Spanish esfuerzo, Catalan esforç, Portuguese esforço, Italian sforzo.


  • IPA(key): /e.fɔʁ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔʁ


effort m (plural efforts)

  1. effort

Derived terms

  • après l’effort, le réconfort
  • effort de guerre
  • loi du moindre effort

Related terms

  • efforcer


  • Romanian: efort

Further reading

  • “effort” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).


  • offert

Middle French


Old French.


effort m (plural effors)

  1. strength; might; force
  2. (military) unit; division


  • effort on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)

Old French


effort m (oblique plural efforz or effortz, nominative singular efforz or effortz, nominative plural effort)

  1. Alternative form of esfort



  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdɛv.ɚ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdɛv.ə/
  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(ɹ)


endeavour (plural endeavours)

  1. Britain standard spelling of endeavor.
    • 1748, David Hume, in Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral (London: Oxford University Press, 1973), § 9
      The like has been the endeavour of critics, logicians, and even politicians [] .
    • 1873, J C Maxwell, A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, volume 2, page 184:
      As we shall find it necessary, in our endeavours to bring electrical phenomena within the province of dynamics, to have our dynamical ideas in a state fit for direct application to physical questions we shall devote this chapter to an exposition of these dynamical ideas from a physical point of view.


endeavour (third-person singular simple present endeavours, present participle endeavouring, simple past and past participle endeavoured)

  1. Britain standard spelling of endeavor.
    • 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 than an active being, and endeavour to form his understanding more than cultivate his manners.
    • November 20, 1777, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Debate in the Lords on the Address of Thanks
      It is our duty [] to endeavour the recovery of these most beneficial subjects.
    • 1669 May 18, Sir Isaac Newton, Letter (to Francis Aston):
      If you be affronted, it is better, in a foreign country, to pass it by in silence, and with a jest, though with some dishonour, than to endeavour revenge; for, in the first case, your credit’s ne’er the worse when you return into England, or come into other company that have not heard of the quarrel.

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