strive

verb
\ 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

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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Now, researchers fiddling with an electron trapped in a diamond have confirmed an essential prediction of a theory that strives to explain this transition from the quantum to classical realm. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Twist on ‘survival of the fittest’ could explain how reality emerges from the quantum haze," 12 Sep. 2019 Americans have forgotten how to strive for lasting truth, and a gnawing despair has filled the void. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Marianne Williamson Offers Priestly Wisdom for a Nation Adrift — Seriously," 12 Aug. 2019 While all members can strive for the highest public level, Ambassador Elite, which requires staying 100 nights per year and spending $20,000, Cobalt still remains out of reach for most. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marriott Has a Secret, Invite-Only Elite Status Called Cobalt," 9 Aug. 2019 But disruption, that’s something different, something to strive for. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 2019 Beneath the opaque veneer that cult wineries like Bryant have striven to maintain, is that business model foundering in a changing wine market? Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Bryant Estate legal fight offers glimpse into ‘cult’ wineries’ secretive world," 18 June 2019 Lawn Life's mission is to provide at-risk youth with their first real job, teaching them the value of hard work and instilling in them the motivation to strive for a better life. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Northside man in Washington, D.C. to receive national award," 18 June 2019 In mixing and spreading, a system strives toward equilibrium with its environment, a process called thermalization. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Machine Appears to Defy Universe’s Push for Disorder," 20 Mar. 2019 And that's what the three of us strived to do as much as possible while doing the show. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "'Drag Race' Miss Congeniality Monet X Change Dishes on 'All Stars 4' & Asia O'Hara's Butterfly Reveal," 30 June 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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The first known use of strive was in the 13th century

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strive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strive

formal : to try very hard to do or achieve something

strive

verb
\ 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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