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strive

[strahyv] /straɪv/
verb (used without object), strove or strived, striven
[striv-uh n] /ˈstrɪv ən/ (Show IPA)
or strived, striving.
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
1175-1225; Middle English striven < Old French estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, German streben to strive
Related forms
striver, noun
strivingly, adverb
interstrive, verb (used without object), interstrove, interstriven, interstriving.
outstrive, verb (used with object), outstrove, outstriven, outstriving.
overstrive, verb (used without object), overstrove, overstriven, overstriving.
restrive, verb (used without object), restrove, restriven, restriving.
unstriving, adjective
Synonyms
1. See try. 2. toil. 3. struggle, fight.
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  • Always, it was striving to reach her soul, to make her of its own.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Was there any meaning or purpose in life, any result of the striving?

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • In her mind now floated clearly the ideal toward which her husband was striving.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • "I have no right to ask you who he is," he muttered, striving to control himself.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Your greatest error was in striving at first for such physical perfection.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for striving

strive

/straɪv/
verb strives, striving, strove, striven (ˈstrɪvən)
1.
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effort: to strive to get promotion
2.
(intransitive) to fight; contend
Derived Forms
striver, 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 striving

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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