- 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
1175–1225; Middle English striven < Old French estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, German streben to strive
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1. See try. 2. toil. 3. struggle, fight.
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Examples from the Web for striver
I fear I will never be the great lawyer—but the striver, yes, always.The Crisis, Complete
Alas for the difference between the striver after liberty and the sitter in the goddess's chair!Uruguay
W. H. Koebel
Mr. Campbell's striver after the higher life who got dead drunk last night is brother to the savage.The Land's End
W. H. Hudson
Among them was Kado the Striver, who stood there gravely leaning on his iron pitchfork.
History tells us nothing concerning Kado the Striver, but it is most unlikely that he is a mere figment of popular imagination.
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
- (intr) to fight; contend
C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight
Word Origin and History for striver
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper