Simple Definition of strive
: to try very hard to do or achieve something
Examples of strive
We must all strive to do better.
She always strives for perfection.
They continue to strive toward their goals.
Origin of strive
Middle English, to quarrel, contend, fight, endeavor, from Anglo-French estriver to quarrel, from estri, estrif strife — more at strife
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of strive
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