verb (past strove /strōv/ or strived; past participle striven /strivən/ or strived)[no object]
- 1Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something: national movements were striving for independence [with infinitive]: we must strive to secure steady growthMore example sentences
- Some people are perfectionists, constantly striving for excellence.
- Remember that your greatest ethical responsibility is to constantly strive for excellence in everything you do.
- Kirk and company are always striving to improve themselves, yet they revel in humanity's inefficiencies and imperfections.
- 1.1Struggle or fight vigorously: scholars must strive against biasMore example sentences
- I couldn't believe I was off the boat - the thing sailors strive against at all times.
- God said to Moses, do not strive against me, or you will die; by faith only can this tribe be saved.
- I also believe the public intellectual has a position in the community that has to be fought for, striven for.
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- Well, the locals call them strivers now, but the Dutch had another word for them.
- If any one thing really characterizes this big boiling pot of diversity dubbed ‘America,’ it is that we're a nation of strivers.
- Certainly, immigrant strivers have always done astonishingly well in national academic contests, not to mention in school in general.
Middle English: shortening of Old French estriver; related to estrif 'strife'.