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Endeavour, vb. 1) trans. to attempt, to strive to effect: “I will e. any thing,” Ado II, 2, 31. “--ed my advancement to the throne,” H6A II, 5, 69. “I'll e. deeds,” Troil. IV, 5, 259. With an infinitive: “--s to trust to himself,” R3 I, 4, 147. Reflectively: “e. thyself to sleep,” Tw. IV, 2, 104 (== strive to sleep).
2) intr. to exert one's self, to do one's best: “you will e. for your French part of such a boy,” H5 V, 2, 228. “we with our travels will e.” Per. II, 4, 56 (M. Edd. e. it or e. us).
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