I am employed in endeavouring to make you happy; which, I promise you, will add much to my own.
But if not, there is work to be done in endeavouring to ascertain what lies behind it.
It had seized the shaft of the harpoon, which had broken in two, and was endeavouring to bite through the rope.
And this she had done when he was endeavouring to perform to her that which had been described to him as a duty!
On their arrival they found twenty-three Frenchmen there, who were endeavouring to form a settlement.
His devotion now no longer amused her, and she was endeavouring to get rid of it and of him.
He was now endeavouring to make his way back to England, intending to return thence to America without loss of time.
You have expressed a dread which I have been endeavouring to stifle.
They now surround Him in numbers innumerable, which language strains its power in endeavouring to reckon.
It was this reliance that I was endeavouring to inculcate in every day's work in the Chapel.
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.