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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
strive toward something
to work toward a goal. DI always strive toward perfection. Mary strove toward doing her best at all times.