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strive

strive

 
pronunciation:
straIv
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: strived, striven, strives, striving, strove
definition 1: to try or work hard; exert oneself.
The athletes strove to improve their performance before the next Olympics.She's striving to reach the top in her profession.
synonyms:
endeavor, exert oneself, strain, struggle, try
similar words:
aim, aspire, bend over backward, drive, essay, labor, push, seek, sweat, toil
definition 2: to struggle, usu. against something or someone.
His father and mother had striven against poverty in the old country.
synonyms:
battle, contend, fight, struggle
similar words:
combat, compete, contest, grapple, tussle, vie, war
derivations: strivingly (adv.), striver (n.)