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.
- striv·er, noun
- in·ter·strive, verb (used without object), in·ter·strove, in·ter·striv·en, in·ter·striv·ing.
- out·strive, verb (used with object), out·strove, out·striv·en, out·striv·ing.
- o·ver·strive, verb (used without object), o·ver·strove, o·ver·striv·en, o·ver·striv·ing.
- re·strive, verb (used without object), re·strove, re·striv·en, re·striv·ing.
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How to use strive in a sentence
Marketers who strive to build backlinks and brand awareness often engage in digital PR.Social media techniques to integrate into your digital PR strategy | Nicole Franco | December 4, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
He left a legacy of service to Arizona and country that can’t be matched, but that we should all strive towards.Mark Kelly sworn in as senator, giving Arizona two Democratic senators for first time in more than six decades | Felicia Sonmez | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
It was a year full of lessons, nuances, and mini revolutions, and we strive to match that with our choices.
The roots of the little sibling effect may lie in the way younger siblings strive to match their older siblings on the field.Why Are Great Athletes More Likely To Be Younger Siblings? | Tim Wigmore | December 1, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Brands are striving to become more experience-led online through personalized product recommendations, customer reviews and product tutorials, but as e-commerce booms they’ll need to do more to cater to consumers.E-commerce is about convenience in the experience era | Tipser | December 1, 2020 | Digiday
I've never understood this fixation some people, especially the social striver-parvenu types, have with fancy watches.
But it might be an impossible hurdle for a lower-middle class striver with two cars and some student debt.The Four Most Important Things You Need to Know About the New Mortgage Rules | Megan McArdle | January 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is a veritable Goddess to the young striver, speaking the word of hope and wisdom, and then turning him back upon himself.Homer's Odyssey | Denton J. Snider
Among them was Kado the Striver, who stood there gravely leaning on his iron pitchfork.Legends & Romances of Brittany | Lewis Spence
History tells us nothing concerning Kado the Striver, but it is most unlikely that he is a mere figment of popular imagination.Legends & Romances of Brittany | Lewis Spence
Mr. Campbell's striver after the higher life who got dead drunk last night is brother to the savage.The Land's End | W. H. Hudson
Alas for the difference between the striver after liberty and the sitter in the goddess's chair!Uruguay | W. H. Koebel
British Dictionary definitions for strive
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effort: to strive to get promotion
(intr) to fight; contend
- striver, noun
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