Meaning of “strive” in the English Dictionary

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"strive" in British English

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striveverb [ I ]

uk /straɪv/ us /straɪv/ strove or strived, striven or strived

C2 to try very hard to do something or to make something happen, especially for a long time or against difficulties:

[ + to infinitive ] Mr Roe has kindled expectations that he must now strive to live up to.
In her writing she strove for a balance between innovation and familiar prose forms.

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  • We must strive to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
  • We strive to ensure that all children are treated equally.
  • We strive for perfection but sometimes have to accept something less.
  • We are constantly striving to improve our service.
  • The former leader now has to watch his successor unpicking much of what he strived so hard to achieve.

(Definition of “strive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"strive" in American English

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striveverb [ I ]

us /strɑɪv/ past tense strove /stroʊv/ strived, past participle striven /ˈstrɪv·ən/ strived

to try hard to do something or make something happen, esp. for a long time or against difficulties:

[ + to infinitive ] Neither Jefferson nor Madison was a pacifist, though both strove to keep America at peace.

(Definition of “strive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)