verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- endecott, john,
Origin of endeavor
Examples from the Web for endeavoring
Freeman is now endeavoring to raise money to make the purchase.
"I'll teach you how if you want to learn," said Elizabeth, endeavoring to show a return of the kindly offer.The Girl from Montana|Grace Livingston Hill
Some citizens were shot on opening the doors, others in endeavoring to escape.
With this recognized as a fact, was he justified in endeavoring to win Naida Gillis for himself?Bob Hampton of Placer|Randall Parrish
She flashed her tempting glance up into the man's face, and Brown stamped his feet nervously, endeavoring to appear stern.Beth Norvell|Randall Parrish
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.