En·deav·or v. t. [imp. & p. p. Endeavored p. pr. & vb. n. Endeavoring.] [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, to exert one's self strenuously to the fulfillment of a duty. [Obs.] “A just man that endeavoreth himself to leave all wickedness.”
En·deav·or, v. i. To exert one's self; to work for a certain end.
And such were praised who but endeavored well. --Pope.
Note: Usually with an infinitive; as, to endeavor to outstrip an antagonist.
He had . . . endeavored earnestly to do his duty. --Prescott.
Syn: -- To attempt; try; strive; struggle; essay; aim; seek.
En·deav·or, n. 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.
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.”
Syn: -- Essay; trial; effort; exertion. See Attempt.
n 1: a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that
requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the
whole enterprise" [syn: enterprise, endeavour]
2: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or
accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the
reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she
gave it a good try" [syn: attempt, effort, endeavour,
v : attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our
customers happy" [syn: endeavour, strive]