- 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 endeavouring
And he answered, "I remember it well; but I am not aware that any are endeavouring to entice me."Life in London
Because it seemed to me that we were all of us, all day long, endeavouring to stifle the voice.The Uncommercial Traveller
Do not you, who blame my friends for endeavouring to compel me, yourself seek to compel.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
These men I spoke of are trying to discover what other men are endeavouring to conceal.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
They chatted about the weather, endeavouring to force on a commonplace conversation.Therese Raquin
Word Origin and History for endeavouring
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.