endeavor

[en-dev-er]
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; 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

endeavorer; especially British, endeavourer, noun
preendeavor, noun


1, 2. See try. 4. See effort.
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Word Origin & History

endeavor
early 15c., lit. "in duty," from phrase put (oneself) in dever "make it one's duty" (a partial translation of O.Fr. mettre en deveir "put in duty"), from O.Fr. dever "duty," from L. debere "to owe" (see debt). One's endeavors meaning one's "utmost effort" is from late 15c.
Related: Endeavored; endeavoring.
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Example sentences
Sick society with sick doctors endeavouring to do so.
At last it is beginning to resemble a government endeavouring to wield power.
While some copyright owners have simply given up, others continue pour money,
  effort and time into endeavouring to enforce rights.
It is your part to continue there with him, endeavouring to imitate him by an
  entire conformity in two points.
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