Synonyms for Striving:

adj.

hopeful (adjective)
aspiring.

n.

struggle, work, pain, trouble, exertion, while, effort, elbow grease, endeavor. strife, conflict, battle, rivalry, competition, tug-of-war, Corrivalry, contest, war, warfare, race. competition (noun)
tug-of-war.
striving (noun)
nisus, strain, pains.

v.

pursuing (verb)
tracking, stalking, Intending, seeking, Harrying, Endeavoring, questing, searching, aspiring, trailing, pursuing, hunting, following, tailing, dogging, Aiming, sleuthing, undertaking, Chasing.

Other synonyms:

tug-of-war, Corrivalry, effort, competition, elbow grease. struggle, warfare, war. contest, exertion, endeavor. battle, while, race. strife. pain. trouble. competition
rivalry.
Other relevant words:
rivalry, struggle, trouble, tug-of-war, strain, exertion, Corrivalry, strife, pains, contest, warfare, conflict, elbow grease, while, nisus, race, competition, effort, battle, work, pain, endeavor, war.

Usage examples for striving

  1. " You cannot comfort any one against her will," said Ruth, striving to appear calm. – Norston's Rest by Ann S. Stephens
  2. Of what value had been his striving – The Long Lane's Turning by Hallie Erminie Rives
  3. Ellis was striving toward a cherished goal. – The Lost Wagon by James Arthur Kjelgaard