[ en-dev-er ]
/ ɛnˈdɛv ər /
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verb (used without object)
to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; strive: We must constantly endeavor if we are to succeed.
verb (used with object)
to attempt; try: He endeavors to keep things neat in his apartment.
Archaic. to attempt to achieve or gain.
a strenuous effort; attempt.
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Also especially British, en·deav·our .
Origin of endeavor
OTHER WORDS FROM endeavoren·deav·or·er; especially British, en·deav·our·er, nounpre·en·deav·or, noun
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How to use endeavor in a sentence
This brings to my Memory (what I cannot help smiling at) the bountiful Banter, you at this time endeavoured to put upon me.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope|Colley Cibber
Joseph Guarnerius appears to have endeavoured to produce the grandest tone, combining majesty and refinement.
In the preceding chapter we have endeavoured to solve the question what are the qualities that constitute good tone.
We passed several large sting-rays asleep on the surface of the sea, which our people ineffectually endeavoured to harpoon.
Hardly had he recovered his senses ere he endeavoured to throw himself in again, exclaiming that he had no wish to live.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer