- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for strive on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for striving
But they are striving “to shine bright like a diamond” and be happy, and we love them for it.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
People with eating disorders can become competitive and perfectionistic, striving to be the “thinnest” in any group of sufferers.Should Pro-Anorexia Sites Be Criminalized?
August 30, 2014
Striving to be evocatively mysterious, Eyrie is in the end merely mystifying.Tim Winton's Beautiful, Baffling 'Eyrie'
August 18, 2014
Braff is striving to convey a poignant blend of pathos and humor here, but his sort of striving is a form of cheating.Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement
July 18, 2014
In its place came something which, striving to fuse Urdu and Telugu, seemed to devalue both.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
Always, it was striving to reach her soul, to make her of its own.Within the Law
Was there any meaning or purpose in life, any result of the striving?The Man Shakespeare
In her mind now floated clearly the ideal toward which her husband was striving.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
"I have no right to ask you who he is," he muttered, striving to control himself.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Your greatest error was in striving at first for such physical perfection.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- (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 striving
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.