Persist vs Strive - What's the difference?

persist | strive |

As verbs the difference between persist and strive

is that persist is to go on stubbornly or resolutely while strive is to try to achieve a result; to make strenuous effort; to try earnestly and persistently.

As a noun strive is

(obsolete) an effort; a striving.




(en verb)
  • To go on stubbornly or resolutely.
  • To repeat an utterance.
  • To continue to exist.
  • (computing) To cause to persist; make permanent.
  • * 2006 , Marco Bellinaso, ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming
  • This would not be saved after his session terminates because we don't have an actual user identity to allow us to persist the settings.
  • * 2009 , Alistair Croll, Sean Power, Complete Web Monitoring
  • While hashtags aren't formally part of Twitter, some clients, such as Tweetdeck, will persist hashtags across replies to create a sort of message threading.


    * (go on stubbornly or resolutely) persevere, see also * (continue to exist) last, remain

    Derived terms

    * persistence / persistency * persistent

    See also

    (cognate terms using -sist) * absist * assist * consist * desist * exist * insist * resist * subsist






  • To try to achieve a result; to make strenuous effort; to try earnestly and persistently.
  • He strove to excel.
  • To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest.
  • to strive against fate
    to strive for the truth
  • * Denham
  • Now private pity strove with public hate, / Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate.
  • To vie; to compete as a rival.
  • * Milton
  • [Not] that sweet grove / Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired / Castalian spring, might with this paradise / Of Eden strive .

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See * The strong or irregular forms "strove" and "striven" are more commonly used in print than "strived".


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An effort; a striving.
  • (Chapman)
  • (obsolete) strife; contention