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
Until recently, Rice was smoothly on track to become the Edmund Hillary of foreign-policy strivers.Susan Rice Didn’t Deserve State Post, Let Alone Her U.N. Role | Jacob Heilbrunn | December 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This faux doctrine divides America into the “makers” and the “takers,” the “strivers” and the “moochers.”Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Not Who GOP Wants You to Think They Are | James Braxton Peterson | September 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cameron and Osborne would, naturally, also claim to be on the side of the strivers.
But our common New Testament heritage calls upon us to be peacemakers and strivers for justice.
It is an enduring political irony that, despite being a nation of strivers, Americans find naked ambition distasteful.
Most laughable, perhaps, are your indefatigable strivers after eloquence.Lay Morals | Robert Louis Stevenson
You see, he is not a commercial traveller, nor a business man, but an artist; one of those restless strivers after the ideal.Tales of the Wonder Club | M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
And will you still doubt whether God is able to make you “strivers with God,” princes who prevail with Him?The Ministry of Intercession | Andrew Murray
We may pity these ill-gifted strivers, but not pretend that their works are pleasant to behold.Impressions of Theophrastus Such | George Eliot
Let their thank be such as may encourage more strivers for the like.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
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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