May 13, 2013
- strive (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to struggle against : contend2 : to try hard : endeavor
- How do you use it?
- "Money is a needful and precious thing . . . but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for." (Louisa May Alcott, _Little Women_)
- Are you a word wiz?
English has several words that mean about the same thing as "strive." Try and see if you can pick out a synonym from the list below.If you chose B, your efforts paid off. "Strive," "attempt," "try," and "endeavor" all mean to make an effort to accomplish something. "Strive" implies strong and persistent effort against serious difficulty, as in "continues to strive for peace." "Attempt" suggests the beginning of an effort, as in "attempting to break the home run record." "Try" is similar to "attempt," but it may imply an effort or experiment made in the hope of testing or proving something, as in "tried to figure out a solution." "Endeavor" stresses exertion and difficulty in an effort, as in "endeavored to determine who was telling the truth."