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strive

[strahyv]
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verb (used without object), strove or strived, striv·en [striv-uh n] /ˈstrɪv ən/ or strived, striv·ing.
  1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
  2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
  3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
  4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
  5. to rival; vie.
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Origin of strive

1175–1225; Middle English striven < Old French estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, German streben to strive
Related formsstriv·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

Synonyms for strive

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1. See try. 2. toil. 3. struggle, fight.
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Related Words for striven

tackle, 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.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Since then, he had striven to obtain another interview with his bride, but she had refused him.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He had striven to the point when further strife became a crime.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • They had striven, all the previous day, to rescue Barnaby from his impending fate.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • And he—he had striven to delegate to others the burden he was meant to bear.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for striven

strive

verb strives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
  1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
  2. (intr) to fight; contend
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Derived Formsstriver, 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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Word Origin and History for striven

strive

v.

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.

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