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 Lady J said Studio West will strive to be more inclusive of all members of the LGBT community. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Lakewood’s Phantasy concert venue to be crown jewel of LGBTQ entertainment complex," 26 June 2020 That goes a long way toward meeting the 1,000 mg to 1,600 mg to strive for each day. Nicole Clancy, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 of the Best Brain Foods to Improve Your Memory and Concentration," 25 June 2020 Founded by a former dancer and fitness trainer named Dee, Boddee Goals offers fitness apparel and home gym equipment inspired by the idea that fitness is universal and there's no ideal body type to strive for. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "10 Black-Owned Wellness Companies to Help You Practice Self-Care Right Now," 17 June 2020 The Unification Ministry said South Korea will strive to promote peace while abiding by inter-Korean agreements. Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why the cold shoulder? N Korea goes incommunicado with S Korea.," 9 June 2020 The quiz also asserted that Islamic terrorists strive to emulate the Prophet Muhammed. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Muslim student sues Scottsdale Community college and professor over Islam quiz questions," 3 June 2020 Henceforth, said India’s prime minister, the nation would strive for atmanirbharta, or self-reliance. The Economist, "Banyan India’s bureaucrats are fighting covid-19 with red tape," 13 June 2020 Texas Southern University, a historically black campus directly across the street from the projects, has long held itself out as a launchpad for those willing to strive. Washington Post, "For George Floyd, a complicated life and a notorious death," 11 June 2020 Texas Southern University, a historically black campus directly across the street from the projects, has long held itself out as launchpad for those willing to strive. Dallas News, "For George Floyd, a complicated life and a notorious death," 10 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strive. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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