Definitions for STRIVEstraɪv; ˈstrɪv ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

strivestraɪv; ˈstrɪv ən(v.i.)strove or strived, striv•en; strived, striv•ing.

  1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard.

  2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal:

    to strive for success.

  3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.

  4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance:

    to strive against fate.

  5. to rival; vie.

Origin of strive:

1175–1225; ME < OF estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Gmc; cf. obs. D strijven, MHG strīben to strive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. endeavor, endeavour, strive(verb)

    attempt by employing effort

    "we endeavor to make our customers happy"

  2. strive, reach, strain(verb)

    to exert much effort or energy

    "straining our ears to hear"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. strive(verb)ɪv

    to work hard to achieve

    We have always striven to be the best.


  1. strive(Verb)

    To try to achieve a result; to make strenuous effort; to try earnestly and persistently.

    He strove to excel.

  2. strive(Verb)

    To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest.

  3. Origin: striven "to strive" from estriver "to compete, quarrel" from estrif "quarrel, dispute", alteration (influenced by forms related to * "to strive", compare streven "to strive", streben "to strive") of estrit, of origin, from * "quarrel, dispute" from strīdō. Akin to strit "quarrel" ( Streit), stritan "to fight", strið "strife, contention". More at stride.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strive(verb)

    to make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard

  2. Strive(verb)

    to struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest; -- followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth

  3. Strive(verb)

    to vie; to compete; to be a rival

  4. Strive(noun)

    an effort; a striving

  5. Strive(noun)

    strife; contention

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STRIVE' in Verbs Frequency: #1095

Anagrams of STRIVE

  1. rivets

  2. stiver

Translations for STRIVE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to try very hard or struggle

He always strives to please his teacher.

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