Definition of strive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

strive

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//straɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//straɪv//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strive
BrE BrE//straɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//straɪv//
 
he / she / it strives
BrE BrE//straɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//straɪvz//
 
past simple strove
BrE BrE//strəʊv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stroʊv//
 
past simple strived
BrE BrE//straɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//straɪvd//
 
past participle striven
BrE BrE//ˈstrɪvn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrɪvn//
 
past participle strived
BrE BrE//straɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//straɪvd//
 
-ing form striving
BrE BrE//ˈstraɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstraɪvɪŋ//
 
 
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to try very hard to achieve something strive (for something) We encourage all members to strive for the highest standards. strive (against something) striving against corruption strive to do something Newspaper editors all strive to be first with a story. She strove to find a solution that was acceptable to all. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French estriver; related to estrif ‘strife’.Extra examples I am constantly striving after artistic beauty. The school constantly strives for excellence in its teaching. They are desperately striving for some sort of dignity. companies that strive towards bigger profits man striving against the elements Experimenters continually strive to eliminate distorting factors. He spent years striving against corruption. They were always striving towards perfection. We constantly strive for excellence in design. We encourage members to strive for the highest standards.
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