Is there a more formal synonym for "doing one's best"?

For example, as a formal document title: "Is the government [doing its best] to..."

Or is it suitable (i.e., sufficiently formal) as it is?

  • Define formal. It's unclear what you're asking, and the question sounds primarily opinion-based.
    – Drew
    Jun 27, 2017 at 22:30

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You could use "striving". This implies "doing one's best".

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    I have a problem with "striving", (call it a hangup, actually.) To me "strive" and "endeavor", etc., sound like an effort is being made but does not take my confidence to a level of ultimate, leave-it-all-on-the-stage, drop-dead best work. (But that's just me!) :-) May 9, 2013 at 18:04
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    This made me giggle. I suppose you could be working very hard (aka "striving"), yet not doing your very best. May 9, 2013 at 19:20
  • Maybe a regional difference or something, but "strive" sounds way more take-my-confidence-to-a-level-of-etc to my ears. "doing one's best" seems like doing 100%; "striving" seems like attempting to go for 132% (however futile that may be).... May 11, 2013 at 5:13
  • I think "strive" is the strongest word and it fits more in formal contexts. Apr 7, 2017 at 8:39

Endeavor may be a good option to use for the phrase "doing one's best".

Oxford dictionary: Try hard to do or achieve something

Example sentence: We always endeavor to please our customers.


For a sense of "best effort" in a title, you can say,

"Is the Government Pulling Out All the Stops to...?"

"Did the Government Take it to the Nth Degree to...?"

"Is the Government Going to Heroic Efforts to...?"


'give full measure', 'give one's best', 'go all out' are some of the synonyms of 'doing one's best'.


You could also express this as:

Could the government do more to ... ?

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