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endeavor

or (especially British) endeavour

[en-dev-er] /ɛnˈdɛv ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
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)
2.
to attempt; try:
He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
3.
Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.
noun
4.
a strenuous effort; attempt.
Origin of endeavor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English endeveren, from the phrase putten in devoir to make an effort, assume responsibility; compare Anglo-French se mettre en deveir. See en-1, devoir
Related forms
endeavorer; especially British, endeavourer, noun
preendeavor, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. See try. 4. See effort.
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  • The aristocratic party in England, see this plainly enough, and I do not propose to endeavor to pull the wool over their eyes.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • This is too well-known a truth for me to endeavor to conceal it, especially from you.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • They fade irrevocably out of my mind even now while I speak and endeavor to recall them, and recollect myself.

  • Unscrupulous employers often endeavor to control the votes of their employes.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • The nations will fraternize, they will join hands, and will endeavor to extend the new conditions to all nations of the world.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
Word Origin and History for endeavor
n.

early 15c., "pains taken to attain an object," literally "in duty," from phrase put (oneself) in dever "make it one's duty" (a partial translation of Old French mettre en deveir "put in duty"), from Old French dever "duty," from Latin debere "to owe" (see debt). One's endeavors meaning one's "utmost effort" is from late 15c.

v.

c.1400; see endeavor (n.). Related: Endeavored; endeavoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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