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strive after (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to attain or accomplish something, especially that which is uncertain or intangible. I have spent my career as an artist striving after beauty and truth in their most ideal forms. You should spend less time striving after the praise and acceptance of others.
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strive against (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to prevent or oppose something. My great-grandfather gave his life striving against tyranny and oppression. The local community has been striving against the economic decline with a number of initiatives to keep people employed.
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strive for (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to attain or accomplish something. I could tell she was striving for that promotion by how hard she'd been working recently. Our organization has been striving for peace in this region for the last ten years. You should always strive for excellence, but striving for perfection is a fool's errand.
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strive to (do something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to do or accomplish something. Our team has striven to create the most realistic computer-generated effects ever seen. We are striving to bring peace to the war-torn region.
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strive toward (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort in order to achieve or approach some particular goal. You should always strive toward excellence, but striving toward perfection is a fool's errand. I'm striving toward a 4.0 this semester, but it's going to be tough.
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strive after something

to try very hard to obtain something. I am always striving after perfection. Ted was striving after a promotion and finally got it.
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strive against something

to work against something. He worked hard, striving against failure at every turn. Things were difficult. I had to strive against quitting almost every day.
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strive for something

to try to obtain or bring about something. I am striving for the best possible result. Mary strives for perfection in everything she does.
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strive to do something

to try hard to do something. She strove very hard to do what she had set out to do. Please strive to do it as best you can.
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strive toward something

to work toward a goal. DI always strive toward perfection. Mary strove toward doing her best at all times.
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Level of abstractness: (0 = low-level of abstractness; 1 = high-level of abstractness) This category focuses on the level of specificity of the striving.
By 1900, ordinary men and women no longer merely feared falling victim to confidence men, speculative ventures, business failures, and false reports; they also feared the stigma of being seen as standing still in a society where striving had become a moral obligation
Of course, Striving Readers is just one of the programs the Secretary is discussing as part of the Bush Administration's emphasis on the upper grades.
Fabius says DST is also striving to create a more staff-empowered environment.
The charm of the various Scandinavian civilizations is that they assume everyone else is striving for the same open liberality.
The metaphorical "two-edged sword" implies that the word of God drives a wedge between the elect and the reprobate, identifying the wicked and collecting the elect, reinforcing the paradox that the body of believers is both inclusive and exclusive, and that one must go on living and striving despite predestination.
A total of $30 million has been awarded for the 2006-07 school year to support the implementation of eight projects funded by the new Striving Readers program for improving adolescents' reading skills, U.
Chapters address the challenges of striving for innovation, warn against the impracticality of "inside-the-box" advertisement, the importance of distinctive advertising (far more so than having a distinctive product
There really is nothing more important to me than striving to be a good human being,'' Winfrey said.
The strongest point in this study is its conscious striving to integrate a welter of sources into a broad, coherent panorama of peasant life, one shorn of regional and local nuances.
Jihad is striving to do good, to go out and earn bread for your family.
Procter & Gamble enters the new millennium continuously striving to provide superior-quality products for both at-home and away-from-home use.