strive

[ strahyv ]
/ straɪv /

verb (used without object), strove [strohv] /stroʊv/ or strived, striv·en [striv-uhn] /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.

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Origin of strive

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English striven from Old French estriver “to quarrel, compete, strive” from Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, German streben “to strive”

SYNONYMS FOR strive

synonym study for strive

1. See try.

OTHER WORDS FROM strive

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British Dictionary definitions for strive

strive
/ (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 strive

striver, 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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