\ 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 Adams also was one of 25 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach Award, given to coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. Star Tribune, "Minneapolis North football coach Charles Adams III honored twice," 23 Apr. 2021 That works best through public-private partnership solutions that strive to fill in the gaps until the private sector can take over. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden becomes the latest president to promise an expansion of broadband internet access," 15 Apr. 2021 Officials strive for consistency as much as fans, coaches and players want it. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Prep Rally: Preview of the unofficial Southern California championship football game," 12 Apr. 2021 Be reliable and consistent, meet deadlines and strive to exceed expectations and deliver great results. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Mentors are great. But a sponsor could really help your career," 6 Apr. 2021 The Bruins, sixth-best in goals allowed per game (2.49), ask their goalies to make the initial stop, and strive to clear loose pucks from the front of the net., "Jeremy Swayman to make NHL debut Tuesday in net for Bruins," 6 Apr. 2021 Every coach and program strive to win championships and Johnnie has worked with that blueprint, particularly in the SEC. Giana Han, al, "Weekly Auburn roundup: Auburn baseball secures win over No. 1 Arkansas," 5 Apr. 2021 Biden’s plan would also reform how the United States taxes multinational corporations, and strive to stop other countries from trying to gain a competitive edge by serving as tax havens. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "President Biden will outline his infrastructure plan today in Pittsburgh - here are some details," 31 Mar. 2021 These efforts strive to preserve the historic district and to drive support to its local community members, including its small businesses (like Wing on Wo. & Co.), senior citizens, low-income residents, essential workers, and more. Malia Griggs, SELF, "21 Asian American-Owned Small Businesses You Can Support Today," 30 Mar. 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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13 May 2021

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“Strive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 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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