- 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 endeavored
One U.S. defense official noted the initial program at Camp 27 endeavored to train 100 Libyan special operations soldiers.Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya
April 23, 2014
Instead, I endeavored to strive even harder so that I would not debase his legacy.If You Grow Up Indian-American, College Graduation Isn’t Enough
May 31, 2013
My field of labor was my own heart, which I endeavored to render pure in the sight of God.Biography of a Slave
He then endeavored to effect an escape, by flight, 277 and the Indians followed after him.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Henriette endeavored to comfort them, but it was in a voice that quavered strangely.The Downfall
He endeavored to move away, but made some noise and the man heard him.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
I endeavored to ascertain who was in the room and what was going on there.
Word Origin and History for endeavored
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.