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striving (ˈstraɪvɪŋ) 



  1. great and tenacious efforts to do something   ⇒ this constant striving for perfection, Realism is needed, and a constant striving to improve., a politician consumed by his own passionate striving for leadership, I believe we should value the old, and stop the striving after new things and new experiences.

strive (straɪv Pronunciation for strive



Word forms:  strives,  striving,  strove,  striven  (ˈstrɪvən Pronunciation for
  1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effort   ⇒ to strive to get promotion
  2. (intransitive) to fight; contend

Derived Forms

ˈstriver noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight


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= try, labour, struggle, fight, attempt, compete, strain, contend, endeavour, go for it, try hard, toil, make every effort, go all out, bend over backwards, do your best, go for broke, leave no stone unturned, bust a gut, do all you can, give it your best shot, jump through hoops, break your neck, exert yourself, make an all-out effort, knock yourself out, do your utmost, do your damnedest, give it your all, rupture yourself

Example Sentences Including 'striving'

Diane fights her way forward along the aisle, striving to reach the cockpit.
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
Gooding was striving to capture "an outsider's viewpoint of the US.
Belfast Telegraph (2005)
In childhood photographs, while physically resembling Daisy, he had looked anxious, striving , as if already faintly disapproved of.
Haines, Pamela The Golden Lion
Pownceby featured on TVNZ's Road to Athens, about athletes striving to make the Games.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
She fights her way forward along the aisle, striving to reach the cockpit.
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
The Guy suppresses her femininity in striving to be one of the boys.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
This is a significant handicap for Indian corporations that are striving for global competitiveness.
Business Today (2000)
Writers of simplified scripts are striving to reach the goal with the least possible hindrance.
Cameron, Ellen An Introduction to Graphology


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