- 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
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Examples from the Web for strivers
This faux doctrine divides America into the “makers” and the “takers,” the “strivers” and the “moochers.”Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Not Who GOP Wants You to Think They Are
James Braxton Peterson
September 27, 2012
Cameron and Osborne would, naturally, also claim to be on the side of the strivers.What Romney Should Learn From John Major
August 13, 2012
But our common New Testament heritage calls upon us to be peacemakers and strivers for justice.Christian Zionism's Own Reality Check
July 12, 2012
It is an enduring political irony that, despite being a nation of strivers, Americans find naked ambition distasteful.Rick Perry’s Divine Calling
July 21, 2011
They have an irrefutable profile as strivers and self-starters.Nikki Haley and the New Racial Face of the South
June 9, 2010
Are they not strivers for mastery in the greatest of combats?Laws
Let their thank be such as may encourage no strivers for the like.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth
Anyhow, the parity of the two strivers was now somewhat re-established.Seven Men
Thine the generations of might,—the strivers, the battlers,—the men who make Nature tame!Two Years in the French West Indies
And will you still doubt whether God is able to make you “strivers with God,” princes who prevail with Him?The Ministry of Intercession
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
- (intr) to fight; contend
Word Origin and History for strivers
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.