- 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 endeavoured
Milza endeavoured, in her own artless way, to soothe the distress her words had excited.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I endeavoured to obtain sight of him, but he was so wrapped and clothed that I did not succeed.
I could not think of him without shuddering, and I endeavoured to forget him.
He endeavoured to put him at ease by changing the conversation.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
How often, my dear, have you and I endeavoured to detect and censure this partial spirit in others?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Word Origin and History for endeavoured
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.