Endeavor

En*deav"or

verb transitive [imperfect & participle past Endeavored ; participle present & verbal noun Endeavoring.]

Etymology

Old English endevor; prefix en- + dever, devoir, duty, French devoir: cf. French se mettre en devoir de faire quelque chose to try to do a thing, to go about it. See Devoir, Debt.
[Written also endeavour.]
  • To exert physical or intellectual strength for the attainment of; to use efforts to effect; to strive to achieve or reach; to try; to attempt.
    It is our duty to endeavor the recovery of these beneficial subjects.
    — Ld. Chatham.
  • To endeavor one's self
    [Obsolete] to exert one's self strenuously to the fulfillment of a duty.
    “A just man that endeavoreth himself to leave all wickedness.” Latimer.

En*deav"or

verb intransitive
  • To exert one's self; to work for a certain end.
    And such were praised who but endeavored well.
    — Pope.
    Usually with an infinitive; as, to endeavor to outstrip an antagonist.
    He had . . . endeavored earnestly to do his duty.
    — Prescott.
    Synonyms — To attempt; try; strive; struggle; essay; aim; seek.

En*deav"or

noun

Etymology

Written also endeavour.
  • An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial.
    To employ all my endeavor to obey you.
    — Sir P. Sidney.
    SynonymsEssay; trial; effort; exertion. See Attempt.
  • To do one's endeavor
    to do one's duty; to put forth strenuous efforts to attain an object; — a phrase derived from the Middle English phrase “to do one's dever” (duty).
    “Mr. Prynne proceeded to show he had done endeavor to prepare his answer.” Fuller.