Verb strive has 2 senses
  1. endeavor, endeavour, strive - attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
    --1 is one way to try, seek, attempt, essay, assay
    Derived form: noun striving1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
  2. strive, reach, strain - to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
    --2 is one way to tug, labor, labour, push, drive
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP