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strive

play
intransitive verb, \ˈstrīv\

Simple Definition of strive

  • : to try very hard to do or achieve something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of strive

strove play \ˈstrōv\ also strived play \ˈstrīvd\ striven play \ˈstri-vən\ or strivedstriving play \ˈstrī-viŋ\

  1. 1 :  to devote serious effort or energy :  endeavor <strive to finish a project>

  2. 2 :  to struggle in opposition :  contend

striver play \ˈstrī-vər\ noun

Examples of strive in a sentence

  1. We must all strive to do better.

  2. She always strives for perfection.

  3. 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

attempt, try, endeavor, essay, strive mean to make an effort to accomplish an end. attempt stresses the initiation or beginning of an effort <will attempt to photograph the rare bird>. try is often close to attempt but may stress effort or experiment made in the hope of testing or proving something <tried to determine which was the better procedure>. endeavor heightens the implications of exertion and difficulty <endeavored to find crash survivors in the mountains>. essay implies difficulty but also suggests tentative trying or experimenting <will essay a dramatic role for the first time>. strive implies great exertion against great difficulty and specifically suggests persistent effort <continues to strive for peace>.

Rhymes with strive


STRIVE Defined for Kids

strive

play
verb \ˈstrīv\

Definition of strive for Students

strove \ˈstrōv\striven \ˈstri-vən\ or strivedstriving \ˈstrī-viŋ\

  1. :  to try very hard <We will strive to win.>





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