verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- endecott, john,
Origin of endeavor
Examples from the Web for endeavouring
“You quite enlighten me on the subject,” observed Oriel Porphyry, endeavouring to suppress a laugh.Lady Eureka, v. 2 (of 3)|Robert Folkestone Williams
Some of them were endeavouring to escape into the woods, and others were hurrying to their canoes.Travels in North America, From Modern Writers|William Bingley
I have been these six years endeavouring to prevail on you to pay your debts, replied the friend.
What was his purpose in endeavouring to deceive Mrs. Preedy?Great Porter Square, v. 1|Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
She had been shot in the breast in two places, and the Abbé Aubert was endeavouring to staunch the blood with his handkerchief.
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.