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Endeavor

Endeavor
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. A just man that endeavoreth himself to leave all wickedness.
Origin: oe. Endevor; pref. En- – dever, devoir, duty, f. Devoir: cf. F. Se mettre en devoir de faire quelque chose to try to do a thing, to go about it. See Devoir, debt
alternative forms: 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) 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.
Synonym: essay, trial, effort, exertion. See attempt.
Origin: Written also endeavour.


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