\ ˈstrīv How to pronounce strive (audio) \
strove\ ˈstrōv How to pronounce strive (audio) \ also strived\ ˈstrīvd How to pronounce strive (audio) \; striven\ ˈstri-​vən How to pronounce strive (audio) \ or strived; striving\ ˈstrī-​viŋ How to pronounce strive (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 strive (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.
Recent Examples on the Web In this memoir, activist Glennon Doyle empowers us to not always strive for other people's expectations. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 The five attributes represent the qualities that team members strive for. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 The best leaders know this and are not afraid to support their team, which, in turn, can give them the confidence to keep trying new things, bring ideas to the table and always strive to do their best. Peter Done, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 How these characters strive to not fail each other is a theme that recalls Demme’s documentary about his clergy-relative, Cousin Bobby. Armond White, National Review, 20 Apr. 2022 The account tracks the ways that writers strive to express the same thing differently, with examples taken mostly from newspapers and magazines around the world. Naaman Zhou, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 That ethic began with his parents, who worked tirelessly for their family and pushed the young Khaled to strive hard and dream big. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 10 Apr. 2022 The collaboration brings together minority boys and men who share a common goal to inspire and strive to uplift others regardless of social or economic status and identifies the commonalities shared within our communities. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 My office will always strive to uphold the law and safeguard voter information. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Strive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ 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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