What does strive mean?

Definitions for strive
straɪv; ˈstrɪv ənstrive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strive

    strīv, v.i. to make efforts (with with, against, for): to endeavour earnestly: to labour hard: to struggle, to fight: to contend: to aim:—pa.t. strōve; pa.p. striv′en.ns. Strīv′er; Strīv′ing.—adv. Strīv′ingly, with striving, struggles, or earnest efforts. [O. Fr. estriverestrif, strife—Scand., Ice. strídh, strife.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for strive »

  1. rivets

  2. stiver

How to pronounce strive?

  1. Alex
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How to say strive in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of strive in a Sentence

  1. Ashraf Ghani:

    What we strive for is normalcy.

  2. H. Jackson Jr. Brown:

    Strive for excellence, not perfection.

  3. Horace:

    I strive to be brief, and become obscure.

  4. Prime Minister Tammam Salam:

    We must strive to liberate the other soldiers.

  5. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ulysses (poem):

    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Images & Illustrations of strive

  1. strivestrivestrivestrivestrive

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