Definition of strive in English:



  • 1 Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

    ‘national movements were striving for independence’
    [with infinitive] ‘we must strive to secure steady growth’
    • ‘Any community that meets resistance always strives harder to prove its worth and value to society.’
    • ‘AMD's processors are often the budget favorite, though the company continuously strives to make faster chips.’
    • ‘Some people are perfectionists, constantly striving for excellence.’
    • ‘"We continually strive to improve, to satisfy our guests, " he said.’
    • ‘In an imperfect world, imperfect people are striving to achieve perfection.’
    • ‘For that is what the Renaissance really was about - striving to achieve knowledge.’
    • ‘Kirk and company are always striving to improve themselves, yet they revel in humanity's inefficiencies and imperfections.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, for major issues the Whips still strive to ensure a good attendance.’
    • ‘The City is also striving to ensure that its documentation is completed and submitted on time.’
    • ‘You strive for perfection and worry when things don't turn out just so.’
    • ‘Remember that your greatest ethical responsibility is to constantly strive for excellence in everything you do.’
    • ‘Rats and monkeys made dependent on cocaine will always strive hard to get more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can always hit a purer shot, do better, strive for perfection.’
    • ‘The company is continually striving to develop and cultivate its presence as a viable force in the dairy industry.’
    • ‘We're also striving to maintain average e-mail response times at 24 hours or less.’
    • ‘And with these all as a background, one should earnestly strive to keep the unity of the Spirit.’
    • ‘We are not doing a solo act striving for peace and justice.’
    • ‘The blood bank must continuously strive to maintain supply as 1.2 million people across the country have never given blood.’
    1. 1.1Struggle or fight vigorously.
      ‘scholars must strive against bias’
      • ‘I also believe the public intellectual has a position in the community that has to be fought for, striven for.’
      • ‘I couldn't believe I was off the boat - the thing sailors strive against at all times.’
      • ‘This left a very tense closely fought final set with both teams striving to win out.’
      • ‘God said to Moses, do not strive against me, or you will die; by faith only can this tribe be saved.’
      try, try hard, attempt, endeavour, aim, aspire, venture, undertake, seek, make an effort, make every effort, spare no effort, exert oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, labour, work, toil, strain, struggle, apply oneself
      struggle, fight, battle, combat, contend, grapple
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Middle English: shortening of Old French estriver; related to estrif strife.