endeavor

[en-dev-er]
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.
Also, especially British, endeavour.


Origin:
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

endeavorer; especially British, endeavourer, noun
preendeavor, noun


1, 2. See try. 4. See effort.
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Word Origin & History

endeavor
early 15c., lit. "in duty," from phrase put (oneself) in dever "make it one's duty" (a partial translation of O.Fr. mettre en deveir "put in duty"), from O.Fr. dever "duty," from L. debere "to owe" (see debt). One's endeavors meaning one's "utmost effort" is from late 15c.
Related: Endeavored; endeavoring.
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Example sentences
Up until the end of her long life, she endeavored to make everyday a meaningful
  one.
The author has endeavored to preserve the style and quaint, human atmosphere of
  the original.
Although the organization had studiously endeavored to keep him in the
  background, the effort failed.
One or two cadets endeavored to rescue him, but failed.
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