\ 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 The Dandy’s ambience, Krick said, will strive for a level of refinement clad in dark wood and polished brass without the Jameson- and Guinness-postered kitschiness found in many English- and Irish-themed bars on this side of the pond. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "British pub and restaurant with fish and chips, The Dandy, to open in downtown San Antonio soon," 13 Apr. 2021 Always strive to be accessible and attentive to customers. Sara Steever, Forbes, "Independent Seed Companies Deliver Big Harvest When It Comes To Marketing Insights," 12 Apr. 2021 Making money is a good thing, and most people strive to make as much as possible. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, "BusinessWise: Get wise to what triggers a tax audit," 26 Jan. 2021 Malia Lazu, a community organizer and former Berkshire Bank executive, said the next mayor should strive to make Boston appeal to young talent, especially millennials. Globe Staff,, "We asked some of Boston’s leaders (who aren’t running for mayor) what the city’s next mayor should do. Here are their answers.," 9 Jan. 2021 HERstory 2020 campaign, which highlights the women and girls in the community who strive to make a difference, are also featured. Beacon-news Staff,, "Volunteer meeting set for CASA Kane County," 5 Sep. 2020 Being less wasteful is something everybody should strive for. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Reusable Baby Food Pouches," 29 Mar. 2021 The House, Senate and Gov. Tim Walz should strive for compromise here and resist any retreat to separate corners. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "How to best aid workers, employers in Minnesota," 16 Mar. 2021 Robbins looks at how organizations should strive to build an inclusive environment based on comfort and safety that emphasizes collaboration, teamwork and trust. Anne Iversen, Forbes, "Why Courage Has An Important Place In Business Right Now," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Strive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 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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