- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for strive on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for strived
Millions have strived and dreamed and suffered for us to be this free from want, and of course to be this fat.My Week At An Austrian Fat Camp
October 27, 2013
The people in the hall loved it, or strived to make it appear that they did.Obama: A Pedestrian and Overconfident Speech
September 7, 2012
In the first term he strived to be somewhat present and responsive to the different communities in the city.The Education of Cathie Black
April 8, 2011
Others, like Madonna, and her pal, Gwyneth Paltrow, have strived to become Triple Threats—with mixed results.Natalie Portman, Black Swan, and the Death of the ‘Triple Threat’
March 30, 2011
Companies like Google and Facebook have strived—and thrived—by keeping their far-seeing geniuses on board.Regrets From the Man Who Fired Steve Jobs
Thomas E. Weber
June 6, 2010
Yet it is better to have strived and failed, than never to have tried at all.If You Don't Write Fiction
Charles Phelps Cushing
She was a person who strived to live a Christian life instead of talking it.
Dawson mumbled, as he strived to get his brain functioning faster.Dave Dawson at Truk
Robert Sydney Bowen
It was a post which he had deliberately coveted, worked for, and strived for.The Illustrious Prince
E. Phillips Oppenheim
"Oh, if you knew how I strived and longed—how I prayed for success," said he, in a voice almost stifled by convulsive throbs.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
- (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 strived
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.