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[en-dev-er] /ɛnˈdɛv ər/
verb (used without object)
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)
to attempt; try:
He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.
a strenuous effort; attempt.
Also, especially British, endeavour.
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
1, 2. See try. 4. See effort. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for endeavored
  • 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.
  • The rebels endeavored to cross two thousand head of cattle to the west side, to prevent capture.
  • We have endeavored to change our name several times over the course of the years.
  • In his missions abroad, he endeavored to promote the policies of those he spoke for, keeping his own opinions to himself.
  • In his life, books and artworks were second only to people who endeavored and succeeded in these arts.
  • We endeavored to develop a financial policies and procedures manual that is accessible and easy to use.
Word Origin and History for endeavored



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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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