- to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
- to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
- to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
- to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
- to rival; vie.
Origin of strive
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Examples from the Web for strive
“I strive to make people forget me as a woman and see me just as someone who knows her job,” she said in an interview.‘Housewife Tycoon’ Took On ‘Mad Men’ NYC Real Estate Market and Won
October 26, 2014
Will it strive for purity or aim for as big a tent as possible?Populists Go Down in Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party
September 10, 2014
And if we are going to have to live with our past and current racism, then we must strive for undetectable levels of infection.Racism Is White America’s HIV
August 3, 2014
These approaches are critical as they strive to fix the innate issue: spinal cord damage.The Bionic Exoskeleton Helping Paraplegics Walk
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
June 29, 2014
We live in a world bombarded by images of skinny women that are presented as the ideal body type to strive for.Plus-Size Model, Jennifer Maitland: Get Over the Word ‘Fat’
May 14, 2014
Strive and grope as he would, the thing had driven him on relentlessly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I strive to be useful to my fellow-creatures, and am happy if I succeed.
We strive for peace and security, heartened by the changes all around us.
Something to strive for we demand, even at the risk of bereavement.The Conquest of Fear
"The more reason that I should strive to mend him," quoth Alleyne.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
- (intr) to fight; contend
Word Origin and History for strive
c.1200, from Old French estriver "to quarrel, dispute," from estrif, estrit "quarrel" (see strife). It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drive, etc.