[syn: endeavor, endeavour, strive]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Endeavor \En*deav"or\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Endeavored; p. pr.
& vb. n. Endeavoring.] [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.] [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." --Latimer.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one
that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the
whole enterprise" [syn: enterprise, endeavor,
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, endeavor,
v 1: attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our
customers happy" [syn: endeavor, endeavour, strive]