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

  1. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.

  2. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.

  3. to rival; vie.

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”

synonym study For strive

1. See try.

Other words for strive

Other words from strive

  • striv·er, noun
  • in·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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use strive in a sentence

  • Most laughable, perhaps, are your indefatigable strivers after eloquence.

    Lay Morals | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • You see, he is not a commercial traveller, nor a business man, but an artist; one of those restless strivers after the ideal.

    Tales of the Wonder Club | M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
  • And will you still doubt whether God is able to make you “strivers with God,” princes who prevail with Him?

  • We may pity these ill-gifted strivers, but not pretend that their works are pleasant to behold.

  • Let their thank be such as may encourage more strivers for the like.

British Dictionary definitions for strive


/ (straɪv) /

verbstrives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
  1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effort: to strive to get promotion

  2. (intr) to fight; contend

Origin of strive

C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight

Derived forms of strive

  • striver, noun

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