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strive

[strahyv]
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verb (used without object), strove or strived, striv·en [striv-uh n] /ˈstrɪv ən/ or strived, striv·ing.
  1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
  2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
  3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
  4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
  5. 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
Related formsstriv·er, nounstriv·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·strive, verb (used without object), in·ter·strove, in·ter·striv·en, in·ter·striv·ing.out·strive, verb (used with object), out·strove, out·striv·en, out·striv·ing.o·ver·strive, verb (used without object), o·ver·strove, o·ver·striv·en, o·ver·striv·ing.re·strive, verb (used without object), re·strove, re·striv·en, re·striv·ing.un·striv·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. See try. 2. toil. 3. struggle, fight.
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Examples from the Web for striver

Historical Examples

  • I fear I will never be the great lawyer—but the striver, yes, always.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • Alas for the difference between the striver after liberty and the sitter in the goddess's chair!

    Uruguay

    W. H. Koebel

  • Mr. Campbell's striver after the higher life who got dead drunk last night is brother to the savage.

    The Land's End

    W. H. Hudson

  • Among them was Kado the Striver, who stood there gravely leaning on his iron pitchfork.

  • History tells us nothing concerning Kado the Striver, but it is most unlikely that he is a mere figment of popular imagination.


British Dictionary definitions for striver

strive

verb strives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
  1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
  2. (intr) to fight; contend
Derived Formsstriver, noun

Word Origin

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 striver

strive

v.

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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