intransitive verb \ˈstrīv\

: to try very hard to do or achieve something

strove \ˈstrōv\ also strived \ˈstrīvd\ striv·en \ˈstri-vən\ or strivedstriv·ing \ˈstrī-viŋ\

Full Definition of STRIVE

:  to devote serious effort or energy :  endeavor <strive to finish a project>
:  to struggle in opposition :  contend
striv·er \ˈstrī-vər\ noun

Origin of STRIVE

Middle English, to quarrel, contend, fight, endeavor, from Anglo-French estriver to quarrel, from estri, estrif strife — more at strife
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

Rhymes with STRIVE

STRIVE Defined for Kids


verb \ˈstrīv\
strove \ˈstrōv\striv·en \ˈstri-vən\ or strivedstriv·ing \ˈstrī-viŋ\

Definition of STRIVE for Kids

:  to try very hard <We will strive to win.>


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