strive

  • 1 Strive — Strive, v. i. [imp. {Strove}; p. p. {Striven}(Rarely, {Strove}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Striving}.] [OF. estriver; of Teutonic origin, and akin to G. streben, D. streven, Dan. str[ae]be, Sw. str[ a]fva. Cf. {Strife}.] 1. To make efforts; to use… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 strive — [straıv] v past tense strove [strəuv US strouv] past participle striven [ˈstrıvən] [i]formal [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: estriver] to make a great effort to achieve something strive to do sth ▪ I was still striving to be successful.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 3 strive — [ straıv ] (past tense strove [ strouv ] ; past participle striv|en [ strıvn ] ) verb intransitive * to make a lot of effort to achieve something: strive to do something: We strive to be accurate, but some mistakes are inevitable. strive for:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 4 strive — [strīv] vi. strove or strived, striven [striv′ ən] or strived, striving [ME striven < OFr estriver, to quarrel, contend < estrif, effort < Gmc, as in MHG striben, obs. Du strijven, to strive, struggle < IE * streibh (> Gr striphnos …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Strive — Strive, n. 1. An effort; a striving. [R.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Strife; contention. [Obs.] Wyclif (luke xxi. 9). [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 strive — ► VERB (past strove or strived; past part. striven or strived) 1) make great efforts. 2) (strive against) fight vigorously against. DERIVATIVES striver noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 strive — I verb aim, aspire, attempt, bestir oneself, bid for, carry into execution, compete, conari, contend, contendere, contest, do all one can, do one s best, do one s utmost, drive at, drudge, employ one s time, employ oneself, endeavor, endeavor to… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 strive — (v.) c.1200, from O.Fr. estriver to quarrel, dispute, from estrif, estrit quarrel (see STRIFE (Cf. strife)). It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drive, etc …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 strive — struggle, endeavor, *attempt, essay, try Analogous words: work, labor, toil, travail (see corresponding nouns at WORK): *contend, fight …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 strive — verb. The regular past tense is strove and the past participle striven, but strived is commonly used for both in AmE: • We ve strived to lead the way in offering you the tools you need Money 1993 …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 strive — [v] try for, exert oneself aim, assay, attempt, bear down, bend over backward*, break one’s neck*, compete, contend, do one’s best*, do one’s utmost*, drive, endeavor, essay, fight, go after, go all out*, go for broke*, go for the jugular*, go… …

    New thesaurus

  • 12 strive — 01. She has to [strive] to catch up to her classmates because she has been absent for a week. 02. Anthony J. D Angelo once said, Continually [strive] to improve yourself. 03. We must work together, and [strive] for peace, despite our history and… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 strive — v. 1) (d; intr.) to strive for (to strive for peace) 2) (formal) (E) we strive to please * * * [straɪv] (formal) (E) we strive to please (d; intr.) to strive for (to strive for peace) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 strive */ — UK [straɪv] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms strive : present tense I/you/we/they strive he/she/it strives present participle striving past tense strove UK [strəʊv] / US [stroʊv] past participle striven UK [ˈstrɪv(ə)n] / US to make a lot of… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 strive — striver, n. strivingly, adv. /struyv/, v.i., strove or strived, striven /striv euhn/ or strived, striving. 1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood. 2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for …

    Universalium

  • 16 strive — [[t]straɪv[/t]] v. i. strove or strived, striv•en [[t]ˈstrɪv ən[/t]] orstrived, striv•ing. 1) to exert oneself vigorously; try hard 2) to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success[/ex] 3) to contend in opposition, battle, or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 strive — [[t]stra͟ɪv[/t]] strives, striving VERB (The past tense is either strove or strived, and the past participle is either striven or strived.) If you strive to do something or strive for something, you make a great effort to do it or get it. [V to… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 strive — [13] Strive was borrowed from Old French estriver ‘quarrel, strive’. It is not certain where this came from, although it has been suggested that it was acquired from Old High German strīt ‘contention’, a relative of English stride. Strife [13]… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 strive — verb past tense strove, past participle striven noun (I) formal to make a great effort to achieve something (+ for/after): We must continue to strive for greater efficiency. | strive to do sth: The film studio is striving to improve its public… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 strive — verb 1) I shall strive to be virtuous Syn: try (hard), attempt, endeavor, aim, venture, make an effort, exert oneself, do one s best, do all one can, do one s utmost, labor, work; informal go all out, give it one s best shot, pull out all the… …

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