\ 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 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 Some strive toward software creation via languages like C# or app development with SwiftUI. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Build your programming skills with these e-courses, from Python to SwiftUI," 23 Dec. 2020 These girls strive for perfection when dancing ballet and are willing to do quite the awful things to achieve that. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Everything to Know About 'Tiny Pretty Things,' Netflix's Newest Thriller," 12 Dec. 2020 Restaurant owners will continue to strive to keep a lid on labor costs and employee turnover. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Robot cooks and virtual kitchens: How the restaurant industry looks to technology for help," 19 Oct. 2020 Improving a climate Among other things, the new alliance could strive to provide services such as health insurance for free-lancers and independent artists. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cultural groups seek more financial, political muscle for the arts through new alliance," 5 Dec. 2020 Law enforcement must always strive not to cross the line. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Watchdog: We’re close to civil war-styled violence due to politics, race and radicalism. It only takes one shot," 12 Nov. 2020 Each person looking at themselves, player, coach, all of us and strive to be a lot better. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football shell-shocked after collapse against Michigan State, 27-24," 31 Oct. 2020 Perhaps policy-makers should strive for this situation in the future. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of October 26," 30 Oct. 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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13 Jan 2021

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“Strive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 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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