I thought that the contact was disagreeable; and I endeavoured to withdraw my hand, but could not.
He endeavoured to be true, at once, to the king and to the church.
I endeavoured to reprove him as he deserved, for I regretted the loss of my Bible.
He endeavoured once more to put her away, but his will was overcome at the sight of her.
After this act of duty and devotion, the young man arose, and endeavoured to turn his attention to the state of things around him.
The more he thought, the more perplexed he was; and, the more he endeavoured not to think, the more he thought.
Arbitrary and merely personal judgments I have, however, endeavoured to avoid.
While I have lived on the earth, I have endeavoured in Thy name to preserve her from it.
I took it, and showing him mine, endeavoured to make him understand that it also belonged to me.
Mr. Ferdinand endeavoured to bow, and ultimately succeeded in retiring.
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.