strive

verb
\ˈstrīv \
strove\ ˈstrōv \ also strived\ ˈstrīvd \; striven\ ˈstri-​vən \ or strived; striving\ ˈstrī-​viŋ \

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 \ 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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Technologies like GoreTex or Patagonia’s H2No strive to keep out water from the outside, while simultaneously allowing your sweat to evaporate off your body and escape. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "7 Tips for Packing All the Right Clothing for Your First Backpacking Trip," 24 Oct. 2018 Qi is a standard, and a phone should strive to work with every charger. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "DRM for chargers? Google Pixel 3 locks fast Qi charging to certified chargers [Update]," 23 Oct. 2018 Amid the struggle, the couple strives for normalcy, for experiences most people can enjoy without a second thought. Fox News, "Living with fear: Vegas shooting survivor, wife march on," 27 Sep. 2018 Russian law enforcement strived to present a tolerant image during the World Cup, but police have already shown less tolerance against protesters since the tournament ended. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, "Organizers claim 170 people tried to run on field at WCup," 25 Sep. 2018 Oil and gas executives strive to maintain company profits, which seemingly means doing everything in their power to hold back the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. Izzi Graj, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Needs to Be an Important Platform for Elected Leaders, and Here’s Why," 14 Sep. 2018 Although ballet and surf are the two primary highlights of this retreat, the team strives to incorporate other excursions and surprise experiences. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 10 July 2018 Seigner was last month invited to join the academy, which is striving to diversify the membership that votes on the Academy Awards. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Seigner, Polanski’s wife, refuses film academy invitation," 9 July 2018 Ben Shank, general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, where rooms are stocked with amenities from Guerlain, says the Four Seasons strives to pair the best products to each property so that guests are satisfied. Andrea Arterbery, Glamour, "For Women of Color, Hotel Shampoo Isn't Just Meh—It's Literally Unusable," 16 May 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

: to try very hard to do or achieve something

strive

verb
\ˈstrīv \
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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