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Synonyms for endeavor

a trying to do or make something

to make an attempt to do or make

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If ever Martians had an exhibition of jumping, it was granted those astonished warriors on that day long years ago, but while it led them away from Dejah Thoris it did not distract their attention from endeavoring to capture me.
He is a coward, indeed," grumbled the host, drawing near to D'Artagnan, and endeavoring by this little flattery to make up matters with the young man, as the heron of the fable did with the snail he had despised the evening before.
Edwards,” she replied, endeavoring to speak calmly; there is smoke, but no fire to harm us.
Cropole was feeding their gossip with his own personal remarks, without observing that an old man on foot, but leading a small Irish horse by the bridle, was endeavoring to penetrate the crowd of men and women which blocked up the entrance to the Medici.
Ay, that's what he did before his people," said he, endeavoring to cheat himself with hopes.
I am endeavoring to think of something novel," replied the dwarf, abstractedly, for he was quite bewildered by the wine.
Hop-Frog, clinging to the chain as it rose, still maintained his relative position in respect to the eight maskers, and still (as if nothing were the matter) continued to thrust his torch down toward them, as though endeavoring to discover who they were.
Do you know," replied he, endeavoring to smile, "that you have just said, 'My residence of Belle-Isle'?
While he was in the act of throwing himself over, his owner seized him by the tail, endeavoring to pull him back.
They struggled half an hour longer under the tumbler, and when I looked again the black soldier had severed the heads of his foes from their bodies, and the still living heads were hanging on either side of him like ghastly trophies at his saddle-bow, still apparently as firmly fastened as ever, and he was endeavoring with feeble struggles, being without feelers and with only the remnant of a leg, and I know not how many other wounds, to divest himself of them; which at length, after half an hour more, he accomplished.