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Definition of endeavour verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

endeavour

 verb
(especially US English endeavor) verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdevə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdevər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they endeavour
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdevə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdevər//
 
he / she / it endeavours
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdevəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdevərz//
 
past simple endeavoured
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdevəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdevərd//
 
past participle endeavoured
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdevəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdevərd//
 
-ing form endeavouring
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdevərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdevərɪŋ//
 
 
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endeavour to do something (formal) to try very hard to do something synonym strive I will endeavour to do my best for my country. He endeavoured in vain to escape the situation. The buyer should always endeavour to negotiate terms. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘exert oneself’): from the phrase put oneself in devoir ‘do one's utmost’.

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