\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Over the years, Belmont Park has served as backdrop to some of the sport's greatest moments as horses strive for a Triple Crown and potential spot in equine immorality. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 11 June 2022 Student spellers strive to be letter perfect in the finals of the annual competition hosted by LeVar Burton. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 29 May 2022 Similarly, good fortune is allowing the Yankees to enjoy success as Judge and Giancarlo Stanton strive to become only the second pair of teammates to hit at least 50 home runs in the same season. Wayne G. Mcdonnell, Jr., Forbes, 17 May 2022 NFTs are becoming a unique way to harness the potential of this growing blockchain technology as artists strive for success in their careers. Tony M Fountain, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2022 As Americans strive to emerge from the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic, our reliance on products from outside the US has been on stark display. Asa Hutchinson, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 Explore the evolving relationship between religion, science, and technology in America through the centuries as humans strive to understand the world and their place in it. Peter Manseau, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2022 The dispute comes amid a broader reckoning about race in U.S. history as Japanese Americans strive to spread awareness about the gross injustices committed by the U.S. government against their community during World War II. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Zebras are open to investments but strive to be lean, smart and sustainable out of the gate rather than following the latest fad. Stepan Aslanyan, Forbes, 3 June 2022 See More

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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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“Strive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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\ 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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