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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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References in classic literature ?
The only thing that seemed clear to me -- and perhaps even this was fanciful -- was that he was passionately striving for liberation from some power that held him.
How can two particles of the yeast wrong each other by striving to devour each other?
The Challenge also hopes to spark a huge conversation about opportunities for young people, and the importance of setting goals - and striving to make a difference.
High-level striving was associated with more psychological distress than low-level striving, which consisted of goals that were typically more concrete and specific.
Department of Education is seeking to improve the literacy skills of struggling adolescent readers through a new grant program called Striving Readers.
Enthusiastically recommended for serious students and scholars, as well as for deeply faithful individuals committed to the Chasidic principles of striving for self-improvement.
Born Losers is a must read for anyone interested in American identity formation, the expansion of capitalism as political-economy and article of faith, the construction of economic striving as a moral imperative, and the psychological and social costs of a national ideology centered on self-reliance and economic ambition as the hallmarks of a successful life.
As a portrait of noble striving, you could do a lot worse.
We're striving to make it so individual Services can work together and build on each other's strengths while minimizing any gaps (in capabilities) that exist," he said.
It would be one thing to have a problem with a group or movement proclaiming false doctrine and leading people astray, but to take issue with groups striving to live their Catholic faith in a deeper way is counterproductive for the church and the world.
Last week, Secretary Spellings announced eight grants, totaling $30 million, to support the implementation of Striving Readers programs across the country.
Thanks to a hopeful, young and ambitious growth-driven workforce, El Salvador is striving to turn into Central America's business and distribution center.
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
In my admittedly pessimistic view, this way they could avoid penalties while striving to reach the high levels they wanted.
The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (CI) division is striving to be a model employer.