\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web From the beginning, Bloomington’s bars and restaurants have strived to make the best of a bad situation. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Bloomington isn't Bloomington without its bars and restaurants. They need help now.," 28 May 2020 Michael always strived to do things the right way with high character and with the Bears best interests always paramount. Fox News, "Former Bears' chairman Michael McCaskey, grandson of George Halas, dies at 76, team announces," 17 May 2020 Founded by friends Jennifer Hinton and Thayer Sylvester during a surf trip in Mexico, the company strives to offer comfortable clothing that fit real women. Jean Chen Smith,, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Stay-at-home edition," 30 Apr. 2020 Schools have always strived to remain open during wars, famines and even storms. The Economist, "Closing schools for covid-19 does lifelong harm and widens inequality," 27 Apr. 2020 While the pandemic has generated a bitterly partisan divide in the United States, with protests over lockdowns that President Donald Trump has appeared to endorse, Canada has strived for consensus. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Doug Ford’s leadership is making friends out of foes in Ontario," 24 Apr. 2020 The health transition team will strive to forestall a second wave of infections. Brian Chasnoff,, "Leaders mull reopening as experts warn of coming coronavirus waves," 23 Apr. 2020 In 2020, the leaders in the green arena are striving to create a powerful force against even the most unprecedented circumstances that could be hurting our planet. Elly Belle,, "All The Politicians Working Hard To Save Our Planet & Tackle Climate Change," 22 Apr. 2020 On TikTok, creators strive to stand out, generating content of the mesmeric sort. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Rise and Limits of Hashtag TV," 18 Apr. 2020

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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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1 Jun 2020

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“Strive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of strive

formal : to try very hard to do or achieve something


\ 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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