I thought that the contact was disagreeable; and I endeavoured to withdraw my hand, but could not.
I endeavoured to obtain sight of him, but he was so wrapped and clothed that I did not succeed.
I endeavoured to reprove him as he deserved, for I regretted the loss of my Bible.
I could not think of him without shuddering, and I endeavoured to forget him.
After this act of duty and devotion, the young man arose, and endeavoured to turn his attention to the state of things around him.
He endeavoured to put him at ease by changing the conversation.
Arbitrary and merely personal judgments I have, however, endeavoured to avoid.
How often, my dear, have you and I endeavoured to detect and censure this partial spirit in others?
I took it, and showing him mine, endeavoured to make him understand that it also belonged to me.
Nat endeavoured to assume a seraphic expression, and partially succeeded.
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.