\ 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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The seven points of her crown stand for the seven seas, the seven continents, and the idea that freedom is and should always be something to be strived for throughout the world. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Fourth of July, Let’s Remember the Symbolism of Freedom Behind Lady Liberty’s Green Robe," 4 July 2018 And Manson is among the ambassadors for Keychange, an initiative by music charity PRS Foundation in the United Kingdom that is urging music festivals to strive for an equal gender balance for their lineups by 2022. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women are vastly underrepresented in festival lineups. What's being done to close the gap," 28 June 2018 Principal Brian Stranieri told the graduates not to give up in hard times, to be willing to take risks and to strive to reach their goals. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Class of 2018 Bids Southington High School Farewell," 22 June 2018 The health care companies all strive to provide same-day service for patients seeking video visits, typically staffing the service with the same nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work in walk-in clinics. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "The doctor will see you now – online. Virtual house calls offered widely in Sacramento region," 22 June 2018 The document also pledges to memorialize unmarked graves of African slaves, and implement policies that will encourage businesses to strive for racial equality. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Charleston, South Carolina, Formally Apologizes for Its Role in the Slave Trade," 20 June 2018 To ameliorate the conditions of African Americans living in Charleston going forward, the resolution pledges to work with businesses, schools, and cultural institutions to strive for racial equality and inclusion. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "The City of Charleston is Considering a Slavery Apology. Here's What It Would Say," 19 June 2018 People familiar with the details said Mr. Morhard’s political ties seem particularly suited to assist in striving for those goals. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "White House Taps Veteran Congressional Staffer for No.2 NASA Post," 12 July 2018 But Grant won’t be around to help the Retrievers strive for a worthy sequel next season. Jonas Shaffer,, "For UMBC men's basketball, March Madness still lingers at summer camps," 10 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of strive

: to try very hard to do or achieve something


\ 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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