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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Recent Examples on the Web While China has spent years striving for leadership in 5G, the effort took on greater urgency after the coronavirus led to the nation’s first economic contraction in decades. Bloomberg.com, "Shunned by U.S., Huawei Winning China’s $170 Billion 5G Race," 5 May 2020 For $40 per class at modelFit’s Soho studio, New Yorkers could strive for long, lean limbs like Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, or Taylor Swift, all noted modelFit acolytes. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "The future of fitness is at home," 28 Apr. 2020 There are actually similarities between the parts, in the sense that Frank is striving for the good life and using artifice to achieve it. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney earn high marks in 'Bad Education'," 24 Apr. 2020 For me, taking care of myself isn’t about striving for balance. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Good days, bad days and finding a balance during the pandemic," 18 Apr. 2020 That’s what veteran style influencer Krystal Bick has been striving for. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Could the Coronavirus Kill Influencer Culture?," 14 Apr. 2020 The only available conclusion to be reached is that striving for a mythical level of neutrality is self-defeating. Sara Li, Teen Vogue, "Journalistic Objectivity Isn’t Realistic, Young Reporters Say," 6 Mar. 2020 The shadowy twin of the striving for success is an almost Greek sense of the capriciousness of fate. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Designated Mourner," 7 Jan. 2020 Green NGOs would like to see the EU sweat a bit more and strive for 65% cuts by 2030, which is what models suggest is needed if the bloc is to do its share to limit global warming to 1.5-2ºC. All this green ambition comes at a price. The Economist, "The EU’s Green Deal is full of ambition but needs more detail," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strive. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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strive

verb
How to pronounce strive (audio)

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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