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Meaning of STRIVE

Pronunciation:  strIv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear."
  2. [v]  attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"

STRIVE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: endeavor, endeavour, reach, strain
 See Also: assay, attempt, be at pains, bother, buck, drive, essay, extend oneself, inconvenience oneself, kill oneself, labor, labour, overexert oneself, overstrain, push, seek, struggle, take pains, trouble, trouble oneself, try, tug



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 exertions; to endeavor with
       earnestness; to labor hard.
             Was for this his ambition strove To equal C[ae]sar
             first, and after, Jove?               --Cowley.
    2. 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. --Chaucer.
             My Spirit shall not always strive with man. --Gen.
                                                   vi. 3.
             Why dost thou strive against him?     --Job xxxiii.
             Now private pity strove with public hate, Reason
             with rage, and eloquence with fate.   --Denham.
    3. To vie; to compete; to be a rival. --Chaucer.
             [Not] that sweet grove Of Daphne, by Orontes and the
             inspired Castalian spring, might with this paradise
             Of Eden strive.                       --Milton.
    Syn: To contend; vie; struggle; endeavor; aim.
  2. \Strive\, n.
    1. An effort; a striving. [R.] --Chapman.
    2. Strife; contention. [Obs.] --Wyclif (luke xxi. 9).