\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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When her works garner huge success, Colette strives to break out of the literal and metaphorical confines her abusive husband yields upon her. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Colette' Trailer: Keira Knightley Fights for Literary Ownership in Feminist Period Drama," 11 July 2018 Stoltenberg has strived to maintain good relations with Trump, but his calm demeanor at a news conference at day’s end could not dispel the palpable tension caused by an American president who gives short shrift to longtime alliances. Eli Stokols,, "Trump disrupts NATO summit with blasts at allies, especially Germany, and new defense spending demands," 11 July 2018 BetCris strives to stay one-step ahead of such attempts. New York Times, "When Sports Betting Is Legal, the Value of Game Data Soars," 2 July 2018 The organization has striven to figure out what is in the best interest of each one. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "How to Teach Legal Rights to Migrant Children: Games and Coloring," 1 July 2018 Judges are umpires, or at least should always strive to be umpires. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Kavanaugh may not completely gut Obamacare if he makes it to the Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Who will suffer the most if, as Trump’s candidates are striving for, Roe v. Wade is overturned? Bridget Read, Vogue, "Doug Jones Says He Is “Open to Voting Yes” on Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee," 9 July 2018 Ars Technica's gaming trust has always strived to recommend the best in clever and killer video games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "We’re experimenting with Twitch content to catch up on zillions of video games," 3 June 2018 Partrice Celli, the library's reference librarian, and Terri Wilson, the president of the Avon Historical Society, said that's the kind of engagement their organizations always strive to attain. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library, Historical Society, Senior Center Partner On Freedom Of The Press Programs," 29 May 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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