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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Endeavor


ENDEAV'OR, noun endev'or. An effort; an essay; an attempt; an exertion of physical strength, or the intellectual powers, towards the attainment of an object.

The bold and sufficient pursue their game with more passion, endeavor and application, and therefore often succeed.

Imitation is the endeavor of a later poet to write like one who has written before him on the same subject.

Labor is a continued endeavor or a succession of endeavors.

ENDEAV'OR, verb intransitive endev'or. To exert physical strength or intellectual power, for the accomplishment of an object; to try; to essay; to attempt. In a race, each man endeavors to outstrip his antagonist. A poet may endeavor to rival Homer, but without success. It is followed by after before a noun; as, the christian endeavors after more strict conformity to the example of Christ.

1. verb transitive To attempt to gain; to try to effect.

It is our duty to endeavor the recovery of these beneficial subjects.