strive

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strive

verb aim, aspire, attempt, bestir oneself, bid for, carry into execution, compete, conari, contend, contest, do all one can, do one's best, do one's uttost, drive at, drudge, employ one's time, employ oneself, endeavor, endeavor to accomplish, endeavor to effect, exert one's energies, exert oneself, fight, go after, labor for, make a bid, make an attempt, make an effort, point at, pursue, put forth an effort, seek, strain, struggle, tackle, take action, take pains, take steps, take trouble, tax one's energies, toil, travail, trouble oneself, try, try for, try one's best, undertake, venture, vie, work, work hard
See also: attempt, compete, contend, dispute, endeavor, exert, labor, oppose, try, undertake
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In person she resembled none of the types of beauty striven after by the painters of her time, but she had charms to which few men are insensible.
But if ye lose, I give the prizes, for which ye have just striven, to Robin Hood and his men, according to my royal word.
As for my disposition, that is, perhaps, somewhat too hasty; but I have striven to repress it.
He was now the first to take the bow and arrow, so he went on to the pavement to make his trial, but he could not string the bow, for his hands were weak and unused to hard work, they therefore soon grew tired, and he said to the suitors, "My friends, I cannot string it; let another have it, this bow shall take the life and soul out of many a chief among us, for it is better to die than to live after having missed the prize that we have so long striven for, and which has brought us so long together.
Thus have we striven, and in vain; and this night our Queen holds council for the last time.
Then for an hour he had lain quieter, except that he had looked sadly in my direction, and striven to make some sign with his death-cold hands.
Now it is one of the most constant peculiarities of the English that in polite conversation--and I had striven to be polite--no one ever does or sells anything for mere money's sake.