As verbs the difference between yearn and strive
is that yearn
is to long, have a strong desire (for something) or yearn
can be (scotland) to curdle, as milk 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.
From (etyl) giernan, from (etyl) .
To long, have a strong desire (for something).
* All I yearn for is a simple life.
To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
To pain; to grieve; to vex.
- Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
- It would yearn your heart to see it.
- It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
(Scotland) To curdle, as milk.
To try to achieve a result; to make strenuous effort; to try earnestly and persistently.
To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest.
- He strove to excel.
- to strive against fate
- to strive for the truth
To vie; to compete as a rival.
- Now private pity strove with public hate, / Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate.
- [Not] that sweet grove / Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired / Castalian spring, might with this paradise / Of Eden strive .
* 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".
(obsolete) An effort; a striving.
(obsolete) strife; contention