To endeavor one's self
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. [1913 Webster]

It is our duty to endeavor the recovery of these beneficial subjects. --Ld. Chatham. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • exert one's self — Labor, toil, strive, try, endeavor, work, take pains, bestir one s self, fall to work, work with a will, leave no stone unturned, do one s best, make effort, make great efforts …   New dictionary of synonyms

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  • 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}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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