What does strive mean?

Definitions for strive
straɪv; ˈstrɪv ənstrive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endeavor, endeavour, striveverb

    attempt by employing effort

    "we endeavor to make our customers happy"

  2. strive, reach, strainverb

    to exert much effort or energy

    "straining our ears to hear"


  1. striveverb

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

    He strove to excel.

  2. striveverb

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

  3. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To STRIVEverb

    Preterite I strove, anciently I strived; part. pass. striven.

    Etymology: streven, Dutch; estriver, French.

    The immutability of God they strive unto, by working after one and the same manner. Richard Hooker.

    Many brave young minds have, through hearing the praises and eulogies of worthy men, been stirred up to affect the like commendations, and so strive to the like deserts. Edmund Spenser.

    Strive with me in your prayers to God for me. Rom. xv.

    So have I strived to preach the gospel. Rom. xv. 20.

    Do as adversaries do in law,
    Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. William Shakespeare.

    Thou art caught, because thou hast striven against the Lord. Jer. l. 24.

    Strive for the truth unto death. Ecclus iv. 28.

    Why dost thou strive against him? Job xxxiii. 13.

    Charge them that they strive not about words to no profit. 2 Tim. ii. 14.

    Avoid contentions and strivings about the law. Tit. iii. 9.

    This is only warrantable conflict for the trial of our faith; so that these strivings are not a contending with superior powers. Roger L'Estrange.

    Thus does every wicked man that contemns God, who can save or destroy him who strives with his Maker. John Tillotson.

    Now private pity strove with publick hate,
    Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate. John Denham.

    If intestine broils alarm the hive,
    For two pretenders oft for empire strive,
    The vulgar in divided factions jar;
    And murm’ring sounds proclaim the civil war. Dryden.

    Nor that sweet grove
    Of Daphne by Orontes, and the inspir’d
    Castalian spring, might with this paradise
    Of Eden strive. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Striveverb

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

  2. Striveverb

    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. Striveverb

    to vie; to compete; to be a rival

  4. Strivenoun

    an effort; a striving

  5. Strivenoun

    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.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for strive »

  1. rivets

  2. stiver

  3. verist

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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. Ethical Traveler:

    While we acknowledge that no country is perfect, we honor those that strive to build a better, more sustainable society, their neighbors can learn and benefit from their example -- and so can we.

  2. Stefano Pontecorvo:

    We have left a few behind which we are not abandoning but we will strive our best to take back home.

  3. Prime Minister Tammam Salam:

    We must strive to liberate the other soldiers.

  4. John F. Kennedy:

    But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.

  5. Mark Neuman:

    As doctors, we always want to strive to do that and as a healthcare system I think it would be wonderful if that was a goal for the care we provide.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. monish
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