AskDefine | Define strive

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1 attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy" [syn: endeavor, endeavour]
2 to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear" [syn: reach, strain] [also: strove, striven]

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  • /'stɻaɪv/
    Rhymes: -aɪv


  1. To try to achieve a result.

Usage notes


to try

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