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strive

 
 
pronunciation:
straIv
part of speech: verb
inflections: strives, striving, strived, strove, striven
definition: to try or work hard.
My brother strives to be a better piano player.
synonyms:
endeavor, exert oneself, strain, struggle, try
similar words:
aim, aspire, bend over backward, labor, push, seek, sweat, toil
derivations: strivingly (adv.), striver (n.)