\ 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

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 Many Americans have vulnerable parents, and strive to succeed in order to save them. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The New Yorker, "Waking Up from the American Dream," 18 Jan. 2021 Music critic Jim Farber told CNN that the recent wave of pop and rock star documentaries are an extended version of what many artists strive to convey about their image in traditional media profiles or on social media. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Why streaming sites became 2020's concert venue," 31 Dec. 2020 That’s something that the Monitor does really strive to do. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The truth of history is unbiased’: Ken Makin on race, justice, and hope (audio)," 23 Dec. 2020 Our Museum exhibits, Library archives, and educational resources address the totality of their careers, as both part of a society and a game that always strive to improve. New York Times, "The Hall of Fame Tries to Contextualize Baseball’s Racist Past," 21 Dec. 2020 The Access-Project Healing Season partnership is just one example of the way that CAAs strive to cooperate with other community resources to help families in need. Melanie Savage,, "Access Community Action Agency helps hundreds for the holidays," 14 Dec. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden will stake his personal political capital in Georgia as Democrats strive to claw back a Senate majority. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden set to campaign for Georgia Senate candidates in races that will decide majority," 10 Dec. 2020 After incubating for around two months, the eggs—a single female can lay more than a hundred of them—hatch and the tiny turtles strive to reach the water. Jesse Scott, National Geographic, "Florida could see a sea turtle baby boom—thanks to pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 Most leaders strive to create transparent work environments that offer open communication and authentic engagement between employees and management. Katherine Thompson, Fortune, "Communication and courage: The top 5 corporate leadership lessons from 2020," 31 Dec. 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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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Strive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strive

formal : to try very hard to do or achieve something


\ 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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