Definition of strive in English:


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Pronunciation: /strʌɪv

verb (past strove /strəʊv/ or strived; past participle striven /ˈstrɪv(ə)n/ or strived)

[no object]



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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'.

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