- to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
- to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
- to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
- to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
- to rival; vie.
Origin of strive
1175–1225; Middle English striven < Old French estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, German streben to strive
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1. See try. 2. toil. 3. struggle, fight.
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Examples from the Web for striven
It was the law that had worked the ruin of her life, which she had striven to make wholesome.
Since then, he had striven to obtain another interview with his bride, but she had refused him.
He had striven to the point when further strife became a crime.Thoroughbreds
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They had striven, all the previous day, to rescue Barnaby from his impending fate.Barnaby Rudge
And he—he had striven to delegate to others the burden he was meant to bear.A Spirit in Prison
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
- (intr) to fight; contend
C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight
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Word Origin and History for striven
c.1200, from Old French estriver "to quarrel, dispute," from estrif, estrit "quarrel" (see strife). It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drive, etc.
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