dynamique → « the eager new BT chief executive » impatient → « Arty sneered at the crowd of eager faces around him. » to be eager to do sth = être impatient de faire qch to be eager for = désirer vivement → « When my own son was five years old, I became eager for another baby. »
sérieux → « She was approached by an earnest young man from the University. » sincère → « It is my earnest wish that you use this money to further your research. » to be in earnest = être sérieux → « Is the Minister in earnest about these proposals? → No one could tell whether he was in earnest or in jest. » an earnest of sth = un gage de qch → « Viewing this as an earnest of what they were to expect. » as an earnest of sth = en gage de qch →« as an earnest of his commitment to root-and-branch reform. » in earnest = sérieusement, pour de bon → « to do sth in earnest » → « Then she started crying in earnest. »
écouter ce qui se dit The housemaid eavesdropped from behind the kitchen door = La servante écoutait ce qui se disait de derrière la porte de la cuisine.
to eavesdrop on sb = écouter qn (de façon indiscrète).
tentative « his first endeavours in the field were wedding films. » effort « the benefits of investment in scientific endeavour. »
> human endeavour = effort humain « a marvel of engineering and human endeavour. » to endeavour to do sth = tenter de faire qch, s'efforcer de faire qch « he endeavoured to adopt a positive attitude. »
attirer « retailers try hard to entice shoppers through their doors. » to entice sb to do sth = inciter qn à faire qch « Nothing could entice me to use the current facilities »« She resisted attempts to entice her into politics. » enticing : séduisant « It was an enticing prospect for poor villagers ».