- 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 endeavours
When you see them, you will observe how he endeavours to hold me to this correspondence.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But tell me why you think my endeavours to make you believe as I did never did you injury?Life in London
She endeavours to account for the inflexibility of her parents and uncles.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Our endeavours succeeded, but the success was long in coming.Freeland
You must have perceived my endeavours to speak you, from the moment you sailed?Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin and History for endeavours
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.