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The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
Wendell Berry

Meaning of "strive" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD STRIVE

From Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF STRIVE

strive  [straɪv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF STRIVE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Strive is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb strive in English.

WHAT DOES STRIVE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of strive in the English dictionary

The definition of strive in the dictionary is to make a great and tenacious effort. Other definition of strive is to fight; contend.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO STRIVE

PRESENT

Present
I strive
you strive
he/she/it strives
we strive
you strive
they strive
Present continuous
I am striving
you are striving
he/she/it is striving
we are striving
you are striving
they are striving
Present perfect
I have striven
you have striven
he/she/it has striven
we have striven
you have striven
they have striven
Present perfect continuous
I have been striving
you have been striving
he/she/it has been striving
we have been striving
you have been striving
they have been striving
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I strove
you strove
he/she/it strove
we strove
you strove
they strove
Past continuous
I was striving
you were striving
he/she/it was striving
we were striving
you were striving
they were striving
Past perfect
I had striven
you had striven
he/she/it had striven
we had striven
you had striven
they had striven
Past perfect continuous
I had been striving
you had been striving
he/she/it had been striving
we had been striving
you had been striving
they had been striving
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will strive
you will strive
he/she/it will strive
we will strive
you will strive
they will strive
Future continuous
I will be striving
you will be striving
he/she/it will be striving
we will be striving
you will be striving
they will be striving
Future perfect
I will have striven
you will have striven
he/she/it will have striven
we will have striven
you will have striven
they will have striven
Future perfect continuous
I will have been striving
you will have been striving
he/she/it will have been striving
we will have been striving
you will have been striving
they will have been striving
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would strive
you would strive
he/she/it would strive
we would strive
you would strive
they would strive
Conditional continuous
I would be striving
you would be striving
he/she/it would be striving
we would be striving
you would be striving
they would be striving
Conditional perfect
I would have strive
you would have strive
he/she/it would have strive
we would have strive
you would have strive
they would have strive
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been striving
you would have been striving
he/she/it would have been striving
we would have been striving
you would have been striving
they would have been striving
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you strive
we let´s strive
you strive
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to strive
Past participle
striven
Present Participle
striving
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH STRIVE


all-wheel-drive
ˌɔːlwiːlˈdraɪv
arrive
əˈraɪv
contrive
kənˈtraɪv
deprive
dɪˈpraɪv
derive
dɪˈraɪv
descrive
dɪˈskraɪv
drink-drive
ˌdrɪŋkˈdraɪv
drive
draɪv
gainstrive
ɡeɪnˈstraɪv
outdrive
ˌaʊtˈdraɪv
outstrive
ˌaʊtˈstraɪv
overdrive
ˈəʊvəˌdraɪv
restrive
ˌriːˈstraɪv
rive
raɪv
thrive
θraɪv
underdrive
ˈʌndəˌdraɪv

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE STRIVE

stripeless
striper
stripier
stripiest
stripiness
stripling
strippable
strippagram
stripped
stripped pine
stripped-down
stripper
stripping
striptease
stripteaser
stripy
striven
striver
striving
strivingly

WORDS THAT END LIKE STRIVE

all-wheel drive
belt drive
cattle drive
CD-ROM drive
disk drive
flash drive
fly-drive
four-wheel drive
front-wheel drive
hard disk drive
hard drive
in overdrive
motor drive
pen drive
rear-wheel drive
sex drive
test drive
test-drive
USB drive
worm drive

Synonyms and antonyms of strive in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «STRIVE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «strive» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of strive

Translation of «strive» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF STRIVE

Find out the translation of strive to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of strive from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «strive» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

努力
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

esforzarse
570 millions of speakers

English

strive
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रयास करते हैं
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نسعى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

стремиться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

esforçar-se
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সংগ্রাম করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

s´efforcer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berusaha
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

streben
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

努力する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

노력하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

usaha
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

phấn đấu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

போராடு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रयत्न करा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

çabalamak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sforzarsi
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dążyć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

прагнути
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

să depună eforturi
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προσπαθούν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

streef
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

sträva
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

streber
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of strive

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «STRIVE»

The term «strive» is very widely used and occupies the 10.797 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «STRIVE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about strive

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10 QUOTES WITH «STRIVE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word strive.
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Saint Ambrose
It is ingrained in all living creatures, first of all, to preserve their own safety, to guard against what is harmful, to strive for what is advantageous.
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Kofi Annan
We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.
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Johann Arndt
But since the world, which thou art to strive against, is not without thee, but within thee, it follows, that it is also to be conquered not without, but within thee.
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David A. Bednar
Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals.
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David A. Bednar
As we become more spiritually mature and increasingly steadfast and immovable, we focus upon and strive to understand the fundamental and foundational doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Wendell Berry
The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
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Jamie Campbell Bower
Being able to do lead roles in pictures or onstage or whatever it is that you're doing in acting is obviously what you strive for because you want to better yourself as an actor and you want to better yourself as a person as well. But that does come with a lot of responsibility and a great deal of weight.
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Sam Bradford
I really don't see a reason why you wouldn't want to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I mean, not only was He the greatest human being to ever walk the earth, He's everything that I want to strive for. He's everything that anyone should ever want to strive for.
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Candace Bushnell
The most important thing to strive for in life is some kind of personal and professional achievement. Not as a man or a woman, but as a person.
10
Sam Claflin
I'm somewhat of a perfectionist, I think, and I strive for perfection.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «STRIVE»

Discover the use of strive in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to strive and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Tennyson: To Strive, to Seek, to Find
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s favorite poet, commanded a wider readership than any other of his time.
John Batchelor, 2013
2
Strive and Succeed
Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899) was a 19th-century American author of approximately 135 dime novels. Many of his works are rags-to-riches stories of down-and-out boys who achieve success through hard work and moral virtue.
Horatio Alger, 2007
3
Strive to Love, Anticipate with Hope, Believe in Faith
Poem & story depicting each virtue,an inspirational & motivational; journey back through virtues.
Catherine Basten, 2011
4
To Strive for African Greatness
To Strive for African Greatness is about a people emerging from slavery, but continuing to be victims of socio-political ills that must be overcome.
Vincent Mapesi Gondwe, 2012
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Strive to be Happy!
Who Am I?, which follows, uses a brief quiz game to identify the reader's personality type. This is followed by another short, game-like segment, What Do I Want?, that helps to clarify values.
Frank Losik, 2007
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Strive: The Bible for Men
The questions are tied to Scripture and send the reader to the index for information on each topic. *200 'Knowing God' call-outs---A short note that highlights an attribute of God as shown or taught in Scripture and teaches that knowing the ...
Livingstone Corporation, Zondervan Bible Publishers (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 2005
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Strive and Succeed, Or, the Progress of Walter Conrad...
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
Horatio Alger, Jr Jr, 2012
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Fair Bananas!: Farmers, Workers, and Consumers Strive to ...
Fair Bananas! is one of the first books to examine the issue of Òfair-trade bananas.Ó Specifically, Henry Frundt analyzes whether a farmer-worker-consumer alliance can collaborate to promote a fair-trade label for bananasÑmuch like those ...
Henry J. Frundt, 2009
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For an Extra-Special Teen: Words to Help You Strive, Thrive, ...
With all the things going on in their very busy lives it really can be easy for them to forget. That's where this book comes in (you were probably wondering, right?).
Diane Mastromarino, 2003
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My Struggle, My Strive- My Testimony, My Trophy
Chapter. I: My. Struggle,. My. Strive. My. life seemed so promising in year 2000. I graduated high school just as I was told, then I decided to join the military in 2001 . I was going to make a career out of it and it was going to be the answer to all ...
Ytearie E. Devalt, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «STRIVE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term strive is used in the context of the following news items.
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Piedmont: Constantine joins Strive for Change board
PIEDMONT -- Piedmont resident Debra Constantine has joined the board of directors of Strive for Change Foundation, a 10-year old nonprofit group that raises ... «Contra Costa Times, Jul 15»
2
Masiyiwa targets Kenya
ZIMBABWEAN-born telecommunications guru, Strive Masiyiwa, has partnered some international business executives to set up a multi-million-dollar green ... «NewsDay, Jul 15»
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Four States Dental Care - We strive to provide quality care
At Four States Dental Care, we want you to know that you are more than just teeth! Dr. Dale Kunkel works hard to build quality and lifelong relationships with his ... «Four States Homepage, Jul 15»
4
Top 50 richest people in Zimbabwe
A local firm X Research and Intelligence has released a list of Zimbabwe's Top 50 richest personalities. On top of the pile is telecommunications guru Mr Strive ... «Nehanda Radio, May 15»
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PTC Therapeutics Launches STRIVE Grant Award Program
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced it has launched STRIVE (Strategies to ... «PR Newswire, May 15»
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Why You Should Strive to Be a Lifelong Learner
Your business is only as strong as the people behind it. There's a direct correlation between individuals who strive for growth in their personal lives and those ... «Entrepreneur, May 15»
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'Strive New Orleans' program offers its graduates hope as well as …
Meyers was one of 28 men and women who graduated Thursday from Strive New Orleans, a four-week, city-sponsored program that provides soft skills training ... «The New Orleans Advocate, Apr 15»
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STRIVE Data Further Demonstrate PFS Benefit With Enzalutamide …
The STRIVE study enrolled 396 patients with non-metastatic (n = 139) and metastatic CRPC (n = 257) following progression on an LHRH analog or orchiectomy. «OncLive, Apr 15»
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Exercise challenge encourages Lynchburg workers to "Strive for 5"
"Strive for 5" starts April 1 and ends June 10. The competition is open to people who live in or work for an organization in the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, ... «WDBJ7, Mar 15»
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Strive Masiyiwa tops Africa's most powerful men list
FORBES has listed it's ten most powerful men in Africa based on their actions and deeds in 2014. The list is topped by the founder of Econet Wireless, Strive ... «New Zimbabwe.com, Mar 15»

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