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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.”