- simple past tense of strive.
- 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 strove
Instead he strove to demonstrate that his vision embraced theirs.Obama’s Speech Took Ideas From the GOP and Rhetoric From Madison Avenue
January 28, 2012
Even now, in the midst of our parallel struggle for existence, we strove to conceal our efforts from solbreeder eyes.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
He watched her as she strove to speak, but if her lips stirred they made no sound.Way of the Lawless
He clasped his head in his hands and strove to clear his mind for a moment from obsession.Viviette
William J. Locke
Williams, Gunby, and Howard, all strove in vain to bring it to order.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
She strove her mightiest to rid herself of them, but in vain.
Though he strove to put confidence into his words, his painful doubt was manifest.
- the past tense of strive
- (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 strove
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.