• WordNet 3.6
    • v strive to exert much effort or energy "straining our ears to hear"
    • v strive attempt by employing effort "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Strive An effort; a striving.
    • Strive Strife; contention.
    • Strive To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard. "Was for this his ambition strove To equal Cæsar first, and after, Jove?"
    • Strive To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest; -- followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth. "My Spirit shall not always strive with man.""Why dost thou strive against him?""Now private pity strove with public hate,
      Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate."
    • Strive To vie; to compete; to be a rival. "Not] that sweet grove
      Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired
      Castalian spring, might with this paradise
      Of Eden strive ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • strive To make strenuous effort; endeavor earnestly; labor hard; do one's endeavor; try earnestly and persistently: followed by an infinitive: as, he strove hard to win the prize; to strive to excel; to strive to pay one's way.
    • strive To contend; straggle; battle; fight: followed by with, against, or for: as, to strive against fate; to strive for the truth.
    • strive To vie; contend for preëminence: with with.
    • strive To quarrel or contend with one another; be at variance one with another, or come to be so; be in contention, dispute, or altercation.
    • strive To oppose by contrariety of qualities: with with.
    • strive Synonyms Undertake, Endeavor, etc.(see attempt); seek, aim, toil.
    • strive To compete, contest.
    • strive To dispute, wrangle.
    • n strive A striving; an effort; a strife.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Strive strīv to make efforts (with with, against, for): to endeavour earnestly: to labour hard: to struggle, to fight: to contend: to aim
    • pa.t Strive strōve; pa.p. striv′en
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.”
  • Richard Rorty
    Richard Rorty
    “Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.”
  • Socrates
    “The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.”
  • Chuang Tzu
    Chuang Tzu
    “Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estriver,; of Teutonic origin, and akin to G. streben, D. streven, Dan. stræbe, Sw. sträfva,. Cf. Strife


In literature:

I will perform each as if I had but one to accomplish, striving to render it as perfect as possible.
"Gold Dust" by E. L. E. B.
Rabbi Solomon expounds it thus: The Spirit which is in God shall no more strive and wrangle.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
This is, of course, very distressing to the sincere artist who strives to establish himself by his real worth.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
She pressed behind Sarah Emily, striving to hide the squirming little bundle beneath her pinafore.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Certainly, he would not fail for lack of striving.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
A man will strive, that is, to secure that which he has counted on as his due.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Far from that, her rivals were vying with each other in their strivings to maintain peace.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
All your life you have spent in striving to escape from things which are sad.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
The reward will come in its own good time if we strive and faint not.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
The Padre watched him with eyes striving to conceal their anxiety.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Struggling in my father's hands,
Striving against my swaddling bands,
Bound and weary, I thought best
To sulk upon my mother's breast.
"Infant Sorrow" by William Blake
And I said to myself, "O, poet,
The songs that I hear from thee,
Are those that I yearn and strive for,
But their music is hidden from me.
"The House Of The Singing Birds" by Alexander Anderson
Nay ;— do not strive to check my tears,
But let them flow unheeded on ; —
The cherish'd hope of future years,
The being I adored is gone.
"Stanzas to Mary" by Mary Anne Browne
Into fruition, but were there alive,
And sweetly would they speak
In happiest tones, that made sweet fancies strive,
Till flush'd were brow and cheek.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
Look on our infant's artless wile,
That strives to chase away thy sorrow ;
Canst thou not from that babe's sweet smile,
One ray of joy to cheer thee borrow.
"From a Wife to Her Husband in Adversity" by Mary Anne Browne
Why will we struggle to attain, and strive,
When all we gain is but an empty dream?--
Better, unto my thinking, doth it seem
To end it all and let who will survive;
"The Land Of Illusion" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

4-H is an organization that strives to help youth learn life skills.
Many new products strive to protect mobile devices from water.
One big thing we seem to have lost along with Cronkite is the concept that there is an objective truth out there somewhere, perhaps never totally and cleanly attainable but still worth striving toward.
Sons striving to outdo fathers.
The firm and its representatives really do seem to live it, to strive to do the right things for the communities they work in.
Down on the wind farm, however, where operators are striving to generate a consistently competitive powe.
Striving to be 'The Voice' on national TV.
Fox Valley village strives to preserve rural character, equestrian heritage.
Any blessing a believer could ever need or desire from the LORD is not something for which to strive.
Petro Spokane strives to make drivers a part of the family.
Free website strives to foster harmony by tracking cycles.
We strive to build things that last, that endure through all the times and seasons that can sustain, or ravage, life.
Los Angeles district strives to cut energy cuts.
The former president on how everyone can strive for the nation's highest office, plus his thoughts on the Iraq war, religion, and more.
Sounders strive to make historic comeback.

In science:

What is needed, therefore, is development of and access to global models of XRBs—models that strive for spectroscopic accuracy, so that X-ray spectra now being obtained with Chandra and XMM-Newton can be used as feedback.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
There is a number of proposals for the medium-range future, where high luminosity experiments will strive for unprecedented precision in the determination of polarized distribution functions and the gluon polarization as some of their main goals: the TESLA-N experiment, or experiments at the ELFE accelerator (see D.
Summary Report of the Spin Physics Working Group
Other models try to combine the two different reward structures, thus requiring only one class of agents who strive to be neither exclusively in the minority group nor exclusively in the ma jority group [5, 6, 7].
Designing agent-based market models
The agents in this model are thus all striving to increase their notional wealth and are allowed to do so by taking arbitrarily large positions φi .
Designing agent-based market models
The non-circularity of the experimental beam has become progressively important as CMB experiments strive to attain higher angular resolution and sensitivity.
Summary of ICGC04 Cosmology Workshop