Definition of strive in English:

strive

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

    ‘national movements were striving for independence’
    [with infinitive] ‘we must strive to secure steady growth’
    • ‘Nevertheless, for major issues the Whips still strive to ensure a good attendance.’
    • ‘In an imperfect world, imperfect people are striving to achieve perfection.’
    • ‘The City is also striving to ensure that its documentation is completed and submitted on time.’
    • ‘Any community that meets resistance always strives harder to prove its worth and value to society.’
    • ‘You can always hit a purer shot, do better, strive for perfection.’
    • ‘Kirk and company are always striving to improve themselves, yet they revel in humanity's inefficiencies and imperfections.’
    • ‘We are striving to achieve sustainable and sensible use of the world's resources.’
    • ‘Women also strive mightily to repair these things in their flawed sons.’
    • ‘For that is what the Renaissance really was about - striving to achieve knowledge.’
    • ‘Rats and monkeys made dependent on cocaine will always strive hard to get more.’
    • ‘The company is continually striving to develop and cultivate its presence as a viable force in the dairy industry.’
    • ‘AMD's processors are often the budget favorite, though the company continuously strives to make faster chips.’
    • ‘The blood bank must continuously strive to maintain supply as 1.2 million people across the country have never given blood.’
    • ‘We are not doing a solo act striving for peace and justice.’
    • ‘You strive for perfection and worry when things don't turn out just so.’
    • ‘"We continually strive to improve, to satisfy our guests, " he said.’
    • ‘We're also striving to maintain average e-mail response times at 24 hours or less.’
    • ‘Some people are perfectionists, constantly striving for excellence.’
    • ‘Remember that your greatest ethical responsibility is to constantly strive for excellence in everything you do.’
    • ‘And with these all as a background, one should earnestly strive to keep the unity of the Spirit.’
    1. 1.1Struggle or fight vigorously.
      ‘scholars must strive against bias’
      • ‘God said to Moses, do not strive against me, or you will die; by faith only can this tribe be saved.’
      • ‘I couldn't believe I was off the boat - the thing sailors strive against at all times.’
      • ‘I also believe the public intellectual has a position in the community that has to be fought for, striven for.’
      • ‘This left a very tense closely fought final set with both teams striving to win out.’

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French estriver; related to estrif strife.

Pronunciation:

strive

/strʌɪv/