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endeavor

[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.
Also, especially British, endeavour.
Origin
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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Examples from the web for endeavoured
  • Some optimists have endeavoured to find reasons to celebrate it.
  • She endeavoured to conceal her sickness for fear of being dispensed with or shown any indulgence in the rule.
  • Whatever instructions he read or heard, he immediately endeavoured fervently to reduce to practice.
  • Sandys endeavoured to translate as literally as possible.
Word Origin and History for endeavoured

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.

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