[ strahyv ]
/ straɪv /
verb (used without object), strove or strived, striv·en [striv-uh n] /ˈstrɪv ən/ or strived, striv·ing.
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.
Words nearby strive
Origin of strive
1175–1225; Middle English striven < Old French estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, German streben to strive
SYNONYMS FOR strive
1 See try.
3 struggle, fight.
OTHER WORDS FROM strive
striv·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
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British Dictionary definitions for restrive
/ (straɪv) /
verb strives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
(intr) to fight; contend
Derived forms of strivestriver, noun
Word Origin for strive
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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