1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
The definition of strive is to try very hard or struggle.
To attempt; try:
To carry on a courtship
To carry further; advance:
To search; investigate
To search into so as to learn the facts; inquire into systematically
To try; attempt
(Archaic) To try to seize or get control of by attacking.
(Archaic) To try to achieve
To follow the development, process, or history of, esp. by proceeding from the latest to the earliest evidence, etc.
To search as a scout:
To express a desire for, especially politely; ask for. Often used with an infinitive or clause:
To search for; to examine.
To test by carefully questioning in order to find out the knowledge, skill, qualifications, etc. of (a student, witness, job applicant, etc.)
To search deeply and laboriously:
To search thoroughly as if raking over an area with a comb.
To aspire is defined as to desire something or to work toward a goal that you strongly want to reach.
(Intransitive) To direct the intention or purpose; to attempt the accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor;—followed by at, or by an infinitive; as, to aim at distinction; to aim to do well.
To seem or appear to be:
To deliberately begin to do (something):
To use the sense of smell, as in savoring or investigating:
To search; seek
To search carefully, systematically, or scientifically for oil, minerals, treasure, etc.
To bend one's efforts toward; aim at; pursue
(Law) subject to immediate detainment by law enforcement authorities on sight.
To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight.
To gain, as the object of desire or effort.
(Law) To answer a defendant's plea
To speak in defence against; to reply to in defence.
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