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.
- Also especially British, en·deav·our .
- en·deav·or·er; especially British, en·deav·our·er, noun
- pre·en·deav·or, noun
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How to use endeavor in a sentence
It is the dramatic impulse of childhood endeavouring to bring life into the dulness of the serious hours.Children's Ways | James Sully
That I am not endeavouring to recall Anne's claims on you in saying this, I am sure you are perfectly aware, knowing me as you do.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Hartledon sent his thoughts back, endeavouring to recollect what could have given rise to this charge.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
He had some sinister motive in thus endeavouring to plant seeds of suspicion within her mind.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
A river such as the Mississippi is endlessly endeavouring to bear its burden to the sea.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler