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STRIVE (striven, strove)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does strive mean? 

STRIVE (verb)
  The verb STRIVE has 2 senses:

1. attempt by employing effort
2. to exert much effort or energy

  Familiarity information: STRIVE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

STRIVE (verb)

Sense 1strive [BACK TO TOP]


Attempt by employing effort

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


endeavor; endeavour; strive

Context example:

we endeavor to make our customers happy

Hypernyms (to "strive" is one way to...):

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "strive"):

struggle (to exert strenuous effort against opposition)

be at pains; take pains (try very hard to do something)

buck (to strive with determination)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sense 2strive [BACK TO TOP]


To exert much effort or energy

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities


strain; strive; reach

Context example:

straining our ears to hear

Hypernyms (to "strive" is one way to...):

drive; labor; labour; push; tug (strive and make an effort to reach a goal)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "strive"):

extend oneself (strain to the utmost)

kill oneself; overexert oneself (strain oneself more than is healthy)

bother; inconvenience oneself; trouble; trouble oneself (take the trouble to do something; concern oneself)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

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