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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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  • He endeavors to shield himself like the servant with the talent, by charging injustice and oppression on his master.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • "All our endeavors are like the labors of those babies," thought he.

  • At broad daylight he was in a big factory which his own endeavors had built up.

    Bound to Succeed Allen Chapman
  • Bodhisatta, a seeker of the bodhi, one who endeavors to become a Buddha.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • And in these endeavors he had gathered many odds and ends of information over which he chuckled with joy.

Word Origin and History for endeavors

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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