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strive

 (strīv)
intr.v. strove (strōv) or strived, striv·en (strĭv′ən) or strived, striv·ing, strives
1. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
2. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend: strive against injustice.

[Middle English striven, from Old French estriver, from estrit, estrif, quarrel; see strife.]

striv′er n.
striv′ing·ly adv.

strive

(straɪv)
vb, strives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effort: to strive to get promotion.
2. (intr) to fight; contend
[C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight]
ˈstriver n

strive

(straɪv)

v.i. strove or strived, striv•en (ˈstrɪv ən) or 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.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, Middle High German strīben to strive]
striv′er, n.

strive

  • compete - Comes from Latin competere, "come together," but in later Latin, it developed the sense "strive together," which was the basis for the English term.
  • repugn, repugnant - Repugn means "to strive against" or "be contradictory or inconsistent," giving us repugnant.
  • strive - Seems to be from Old French estriver, "quarrel, strive."
  • win - Its Germanic base gave it its first meaning, "to labor, strive, work."

strive


Past participle: striven
Gerund: striving

Imperative
strive
strive
Present
I strive
you strive
he/she/it strives
we strive
you strive
they strive
Preterite
I strove
you strove
he/she/it strove
we strove
you strove
they strove
Present Continuous
I am striving
you are striving
he/she/it is striving
we are striving
you are striving
they are striving
Present Perfect
I have striven
you have striven
he/she/it has striven
we have striven
you have striven
they have striven
Past Continuous
I was striving
you were striving
he/she/it was striving
we were striving
you were striving
they were striving
Past Perfect
I had striven
you had striven
he/she/it had striven
we had striven
you had striven
they had striven
Future
I will strive
you will strive
he/she/it will strive
we will strive
you will strive
they will strive
Future Perfect
I will have striven
you will have striven
he/she/it will have striven
we will have striven
you will have striven
they will have striven
Future Continuous
I will be striving
you will be striving
he/she/it will be striving
we will be striving
you will be striving
they will be striving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been striving
you have been striving
he/she/it has been striving
we have been striving
you have been striving
they have been striving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been striving
you will have been striving
he/she/it will have been striving
we will have been striving
you will have been striving
they will have been striving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been striving
you had been striving
he/she/it had been striving
we had been striving
you had been striving
they had been striving
Conditional
I would strive
you would strive
he/she/it would strive
we would strive
you would strive
they would strive
Past Conditional
I would have striven
you would have striven
he/she/it would have striven
we would have striven
you would have striven
they would have striven
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.strive - attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
struggle - to exert strenuous effort against opposition; "he struggled to get free from the rope"
attempt, essay, try, assay, seek - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
be at pains, take pains - try very hard to do something
buck - to strive with determination; "John is bucking for a promotion"
2.strive - to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
extend oneself - strain to the utmost
kill oneself, overexert oneself - strain oneself more than is healthy
labor, labour, tug, push, drive - strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
bother, inconvenience oneself, trouble oneself, trouble - take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"

strive

verb try, labour, struggle, fight, attempt, compete, strain, contend, endeavour, go for it (informal), try hard, toil, make every effort, go all out (informal), bend over backwards (informal), do your best, go for broke (slang), leave no stone unturned, bust a gut (informal), do all you can, give it your best shot (informal), jump through hoops (informal), break your neck (informal), exert yourself, make an all-out effort (informal), knock yourself out (informal), do your utmost, do your damnedest (informal), give it your all (informal), rupture yourself (informal) He strives hard to keep himself very fit.

strive

verb
1. To exert one's mental or physical powers, usually under difficulty and to the point of exhaustion:
2. To make an attempt to do or make:
Translations
يُكافِح، يُناضِل
usilovat
bestræbe sig på
leggja sig allan fram
censtiespūlēties
usilovať
didinmekuğraşmak

strive

[straɪv] (strove (pt) (striven (pp))) VIesforzarse, procurar
to strive after or for sthesforzarse por conseguir algo
to strive against sthluchar contra algo
to strive to do sthesforzarse por hacer algo

strive

[ˈstraɪv] [strove] (pt) [striven] (pp) vi
to strive to do sth → s'efforcer de faire qch
to strive for sth → aspirer à qch

strive

pret <strove>, ptp <striven>
vi (= exert oneself)sich bemühen; (= fight)kämpfen; to strive to do somethingbestrebt or bemüht sein, etw zu tun; to strive for or (old) after somethingetw anstreben, nach etw streben; to strive against somethinggegen etw (an)kämpfen; to strive with somebody/somethingmit jdm/etw ringen or kämpfen

strive

[straɪv] (strove (pt) (striven (pp))) [ˈstrɪvn] visforzarsi
strive as he might → per quanto si sforzasse
to strive after or for sth → lottare per ottenere qc
to strive to do sth → sforzarsi di fare qc, fare ogni sforzo per fare qc

strive

(straiv) past tense strove (strouv) : past participle striven (ˈstrivn) verb
to try very hard or struggle. He always strives to please his teacher.
References in classic literature ?
How divinely do vault and arch here contrast in the struggle: how with light and shade they strive against each other, the divinely striving ones.
How you would strive to cheat him, even as I strove to hide my real self from Paterson, and still you would strive as I strove after you knew the game was up.
It is their inborn heritage to strive to devour, and to strive not to be devoured.
Harriet did think him all perfection, and maintained the nonexistence of any body equal to him in person or goodnessand did, in truth, prove herself more resolutely in love than Emma had foreseen; but yet it appeared to her so natural, so inevitable to strive against an inclination of that sort unrequited, that she could not comprehend its continuing very long in equal force.
I agree that man is pre-eminently a creative animal, predestined to strive consciously for an object and to engage in engineering--that is, incessantly and eternally to make new roads, wherever they may lead.
Only to this aim can we always strive independently of circumstances.
You are wrong; you should always strive to see clearly around you.
Well, I must detain you some time longer, but I will strive to make it as short as possible.
Last but not the least, the Monster iSport Strive has a more low-profile design that fits well in your ears while you wear helmets.
Biopharmaceutical company PTC Therapeutics (NasdaqGS:PTCT) reported on Friday that it has launched the second annual STRIVE (Strategies to Realize Innovation, Vision and Empowerment) grant award programme for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
DE) has said that it has entered into a partnership with Strive for College (Strive), a not-for-profit organisation working towards improving access to higher education in the United States.
This inquiry argues that the success of the aid programme embodied in STRIVE, as seen from the lens of rural Philippines is complex and needs a more nuanced perspective.