- to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; strive: We must constantly endeavor if we are to succeed.
- to attempt; try: He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
- Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.
- a strenuous effort; attempt.
Origin of endeavor
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Examples from the Web for endeavoring
He was endeavoring to fix and hold those dark, furtive eyes.The Law-Breakers
Historians are endeavoring to ascertain whether he practiced what he preached.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
"Ah—good-morning, Mr. Pulcifer," said Galusha, endeavoring to open the gate.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
And it was as though he were endeavoring to outstrip the feelings which pursued him.The Twins of Suffering Creek
He was endeavoring to sell a small share of his claim at a large price.The Golden Woman
Word Origin and History for endeavoring
c.1400; see endeavor (n.). Related: Endeavored; endeavoring.
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.