strive

verb
\ 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 Because dry eyes can be a chronic condition, treatments often strive to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye, explains Dr. Reynolds. Jenny Mccoy, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 External Engagement Humanization is what companies strive for today. Slava Podmurnyi, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Some people strive for inbox-zero; my mom lives in pursuit of empty laundry hampers, empty wastebaskets, the satisfying slide of an empty dishwasher rack. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2021 What is your advice to Hispanic and Latinx American journalists who strive to climb the ladder? Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 11 Oct. 2021 His style is to make everything in-house from scratch, buy organic produce and proteins whenever possible and strive for a zero-waste ethos. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 During the Armed Forces Day ceremony on Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to repel any attempt to threaten his people's lives and would strive to achieve lasting peace. Arkansas Online, 2 Oct. 2021 During the Armed Forces Day ceremony on Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to repel any attempt to threaten his people’s lives and would strive to achieve lasting peace. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Too many people who work hard and strive for success self-objectify as excellent work machines and tools of performance. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 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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16 Oct 2021

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“Strive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strive. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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strive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strive

: 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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