\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Terrorists try to plant bombs or take hostages, for example, while the Counter-Terrorists strive to defuse those bombs and rescue any hostages, as both sides try to eliminate the other. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Esports gamers experience same stressors as pro athletes, study finds," 19 Nov. 2019 Egypt and Ethiopia are striving to reach an agreement on how to fill the dam’s reservoir -- a process crucial to ensuring a reliable flow to Egypt, which depends on the Nile for almost all its fresh water. Nizar Manek,, "U.S. Treasury Calls Ethiopia, Egypt and World Bank to Nile Talks," 30 Oct. 2019 With the kind of chops that later generations strove to emulate, Baker brought a new level of rhythmic complexity to rock — and then went far beyond. Robert Levine, Billboard, "Ginger Baker Appreciation: The Cream Innovator Brought a New Level of Rhythmic Complexity to Rock," 10 Oct. 2019 This includes giving sources adequate opportunity to respond, informing the reader of major positions on a subject high in the story and striving for gender, ethnic, racial, age, geographic and other types of diversity in sources. Pomerado News, "U-T editorial director: Good journalism is accurate, starts a conversation," 23 Aug. 2019 Part of the new 54,000-square-foot LEGO campus, the design was inspired by a painting that hangs in LEGO Group owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s office, and strives to serve as a source of ingenuity for the brand’s employees. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Lego Headquarters Is Made with—What Else?—Giant Legos," 1 Nov. 2019 The Latino traditions of the Day of the Dead will blend with music from Andres Bautista (DJ AB) and dance performances from Pones – a nonprofit, striving for dance and creative growth in the community. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: MLB Umpire Rob Drake's tweet shows what the hell is wrong with us," 24 Oct. 2019 Clinton paid particular attention to foreign affairs, striving to fortify alliances, whereas Trump strained alliances with his Syria decision and, in the estimation of critics, got played by Erdogan. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s season of weakness: President who prizes strength enters key stretch in a fragile state," 19 Oct. 2019 Ultimately, this striving, questioning spirit is at the root of our ability to discover anything at all. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "The Top 10 Science Experiments of All Time," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Strive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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