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I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
  to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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In the UK, the spelling is "endeavour."
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  • I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
  • I will endeavor to finish by Friday.
  • It is a worthwhile endeavor.
  • She has endeavored in vain to shift public opinion on the matter.

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  • It was in vain that Fortunato, uplifting his dull torch, endeavored to pry into the depths of the recess.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • "No, I thank you," she replied, endeavouring to recover herself.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I took a good look at the man and endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I endeavoured to stop them as well as I could.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • ...endeavoured to appreciate or understand what was taking place.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • ...and has endeavoured to bring...
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence

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  • She sometimes endeavoured for a few minutes to read; but the book was soon thrown aside,
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • She said nothing; and Eleanor, endeavouring to collect herself and speak with firmness, but with eyes still cast down, soon went on.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • While I have been endeavouring to fill her mind with maxims of prudence, you have been provoking her to reject them.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I saw the justice of his remark, ... and determined to endeavor at improvement.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • But success SHALL crown my endeavours.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family,
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Without such assurance I should certainly have left it alone, and bestowed my energy on some other endeavour.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • A simplistic statement for a complex endeavor.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • However, since our ancestors have set the seal of their approval upon the practice, I must obey, and to the utmost of my power shall endeavor to satisfy the wishes and beliefs of all who hear me.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Risa wonders if the Fatigues have lives separate and apart from saving Unwinds, or if this endeavor is their life’s work.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • If I were you, I would endeavor to show him a good faith effort that you are mature enough and responsible enough for this trip.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Then after a six-month dry spell, I met Katherine VI during my third year at smart-kid summer camp, and we went together for a record seventeen days and she was excellent at both pottery and pull-ups, two fields of endeavor at which I have never excelled, and although between us we could have made an unstoppable force of intelligence and upper-body strength and coffee mug-making, she dumped me anyway.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • It was a place where everyone endeavored, constantly and passionately, to improve themselves, each other, share their knowledge, disseminate it to the world.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • So the whole endeavor just seemed inadvisable.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It was borne in upon me that I should have followed the wolf and endeavored to gain his confidence, or at least to convince him that I harbored no ill will toward his kind.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • One realizes, of course, what it will mean when a heart does arrive, that another young boy or girl has come to an awful end, and it makes me think again how the conservational laws apply to human beings and their endeavors as well as to energy and matter, and that for us, those laws are often ironical and cruel.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The winning team in Washington gets to take home that huge golden trophy, they receive a guest appearance on Good Morning America, and their school will receive a check for two thousand dollars to be used for academic endeavors!
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • He was also supportive to the Prince in all endeavors of hunting and battle, and you didn’t give a follower like that a quick "Get away, boy, you bother me."
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • We shall stay here together, and you must all endeavor to lighten my desolation when my husband is away.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Nobody endeavored to stay the flames now.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The first Westerners to set eyes on the sport of surfing were the crew of the Endeavor, the ship that Captain Cook commanded.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • Nothing about this endeavor is certain.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • Most of the remaining tasks involved entering the submarine structure, a hazardous endeavor.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • They will assemble everything under one unassailable roof, a temple to the human endeavor.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I debate whether I should explain to him that my name isn’t going to help him in his stalking endeavors.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I chose my second most appalling outfit for today’s endeavors—more black on black, because that’s really all I have anyway.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Oh, I thought, we have no accomplished essayists in the class, so let us continue into other fields of endeavor.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It tells me that while I am absent from home, fighting the battels of our country, trying to restore law and order, to our once peaceful & prosperous nation, and endeavoring to secure for each and every American citizen of every race, the rights garenteed to us in the Declaration of Independence .
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • This wasn’t just a readiness to accept Fate; this was a quiet and profound conviction about the vanity of all human endeavour.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Nothing is more grievous to us than the idea of desecration of holy objects and we shall endeavor to take every means at our command to ensure the return of your precious candelabra.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He personally blessed my endeavors.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • This was a plunge encompassing sorrow and revulsion far beyond the personal: a sick, drenching nausea at all humanity and human endeavor from the dawn of time.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Twenty survivors, all well qualified for our planned endeavor.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • So I feel it’s only fair that you know exactly who has been assisting me in my endeavors.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • He received, however, no appointment to Kutuzov’s staff despite all Anna Mikhaylovna’s endeavors and entreaties.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Dantes endeavored to renew the subject; the abbe shook his head in token of disapproval, and refused to make any further response.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I am endeavoring to be helpful, Roark.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That lesson has served Asians well in many endeavors but rarely so perfectly as in the case of mathematics.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The old Devon endeavor?
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
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