- 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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Related Words for striventackle, aim, endeavor, seek, essay, contend, sweat, moil, attempt, toil, offer, work, drive, labor, strain, hassle, jockey, compete, struggle, push
Examples from the Web for striven
Historical Examples of striven
It was the law that had worked the ruin of her life, which she had striven to make wholesome.
Since then, he had striven to obtain another interview with his bride, but she had refused him.
He had striven to the point when further strife became a crime.Thoroughbreds
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They had striven, all the previous day, to rescue Barnaby from his impending fate.Barnaby Rudge
And he—he had striven to delegate to others the burden he was meant to bear.A Spirit in Prison
- (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 for strive
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.