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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But, recent innovations in the city are striving to bridge that gap: Plant Seven, a coworking and event space-meets-business incubator is looking to attract young businesses and entice them to work in the area year-round. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 The grounded couple now strives to make life as normal for their children as possible. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 2019 Promote The Vote is a coalition striving to make voting more accessible for all eligible Michiganders. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Outgoing ACLU chief Kary Moss pushes ballot-access proposal," 30 June 2018 Chief Executive Officer Edward Lampert has been striving to revive the company by closing unprofitable stores and selling or spinning off assets like its Lands' End clothing unit. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Sears, Kmart to close 72 more stores amid revenue slump," 31 May 2018 Third-party developers on Mac OS X strive to make applications that work in a way that's consistent with the OS itself, with first-party applications, and even with each other. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II," 27 May 2018 The asset-management industry has been striving to find novel ways to make money as capital continues to shift from mutual funds into low-fee passive offerings. Sabrina Willmer, Bloomberg.com, "BlackRock Seeks $2.5 Billion for Private Credit Fund," 4 Apr. 2018 But that hasn't stopped aviation enthusiasts from remembering the Concorde and striving to bring it back. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Concorde's Iconic 'Droop Nose' Is Being Fully Restored," 8 Feb. 2019 Apple seems to be constantly striving toward complete inclusivity with these little characters. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These New 2019 Emojis Are Super Inclusive and Your Group Text Will Appreciate It," 6 Feb. 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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strive

verb

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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