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American English: /straɪv/
British English: /strʌɪv/

intransitive verb past tense strove or strived past participle striven Pronunciation: / ˈstrɪvən /

  • 1.1 (try hard) See examples:to strive for oafter something
    luchar or esforzarse por alcanzar algo
    he strives after perfection
    lucha or se esfuerza por alcanzar la perfección
    to strive to + infinitive
    esforzarse por + infinitive
    they strive to please their customers
    se esfuerzan por complacer a sus clientes
    he strove to save his marriage
    trató por todos los medios de salvar su matrimonio
    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.
    1.2 (struggle) [literary]to strive against something
    luchar contra algo
    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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