strive

verb
\ ˈstrīv How to pronounce strive (audio) \
strove\ ˈstrōv How to pronounce strove (audio) \ also strived\ ˈstrīvd How to pronounce strived (audio) \; striven\ ˈstri-​vən How to pronounce striven (audio) \ or strived; striving\ ˈstrī-​viŋ How to pronounce striving (audio) \

Definition of strive

intransitive verb

1 : to devote serious effort or energy : endeavor strive to finish a project
2 : to struggle in opposition : contend

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Other Words from strive

striver \ ˈstrī-​vər How to pronounce striver (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of strive in a Sentence

We must all strive to do better. She always strives for perfection. They continue to strive toward their goals.
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But that hasn't stopped aviation enthusiasts from remembering the Concorde and striving to bring it back. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Concorde's Iconic 'Droop Nose' Is Being Fully Restored," 8 Feb. 2019 Apple seems to be constantly striving toward complete inclusivity with these little characters. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These New 2019 Emojis Are Super Inclusive and Your Group Text Will Appreciate It," 6 Feb. 2019 The forthcoming miniseries The Spanish Princess, like its predecessors The White Queen and The White Princess, strives to tell the story of a woman diminished by history. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Teaser Trailer for," 25 Jan. 2019 In his meeting with Netanyahu, Orban condemned resurgent anti-Semitism, saying that Hungary strives to battle anti-Semitism in Europe and support its own Jewish community. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped," 19 Feb. 2019 All investors should strive to match Mr. Munger’s focus, intensity and insatiable appetite for reading. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Charlie Munger Calls, Listen and Learn," 25 Jan. 2019 Maison will strive to be a place where passions, pursuits, downtime, quiet time, can coexist. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Inside Maison, a New Club for Women Coming to the Upper East Side," 13 Dec. 2018 Irais’s passion for local journalism is mirrored by a broad world of nonprofit newsrooms, each of which strives to provide relevant, investigative news from within their communities. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "Nonprofit News Outlets Give Local Communities Control of Media Narratives," 7 Dec. 2018 For example, Smart City technology might strive to eliminate the need to call up your alderman to complain that the streets aren't getting plowed. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of strive

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strive

Middle English, to quarrel, contend, fight, endeavor, from Anglo-French estriver to quarrel, from estri, estrif strife — more at strife

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The first known use of strive was in the 13th century

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strive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strive

formal : to try very hard to do or achieve something

strive

verb
\ ˈstrīv How to pronounce strive (audio) \
strove\ ˈstrōv \; striven\ ˈstri-​vən \ or strived; striving\ ˈstrī-​viŋ \

Kids Definition of strive

: to try very hard We will strive to win.

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