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strive

 
 
pronunciation:
straIv
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Grammatical Patterns
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: strives, striving, strived, strove, striven
definition 1: to try or work hard; exert oneself.
The athletes strove to improve their performance before the next Olympics.[verb + infinitive ] She's striving to reach the top in her profession.[verb + infinitive ] Leaders on both sides have been striving for a peaceful end to the conflict.He continues to strive toward his goal of entering politics.
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
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derivations: strivingly (adv.), striver (n.)