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Definitions of striving

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



Word forms:   strives,  striving,  strove,  striven   (ˈstrɪvən
  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


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

Example Sentences Including 'striving'

In childhood photographs, while physically resembling Daisy, he had looked anxious, striving , as if already faintly disapproved of.
Haines, Pamela The Golden Lion


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