- vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism: to be at strife.
- a quarrel, struggle, or clash: armed strife.
- competition or rivalry: the strife of the marketplace.
- Archaic. strenuous effort.
Origin of strife
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- 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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Examples from the Web for strives
Carles told me that MormonThink strives to be objective and impartial.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
As for Yasin, he strives to make sure some of his halal meat comes from his own hands.Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement
September 7, 2014
Afraid to lose her account over a simple shot of short shorts, Cindy strives to follow the invisible rules for adult entertainers.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?
August 2, 2014
The more pop our culture gets, the more rock he strives to be.Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?
June 13, 2014
Satisfied, but not content, Gold strives to live up to her surname, as well as stamp it on the long list of American greats.Figure Skater Gracie Gold Is America’s Darling in Sochi
February 19, 2014
It strives to seal forever the fate of those it has enslaved.
Nowadays, when one strives to penetrate things one is confounded.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The soul believes it, and this is the goal she strives for both now and hereafter.The Prodigal Returns
Nor is it that he ignores the past, Lucy, or strives to forget it,—far from that.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
He knows how you feel: that is why he strives to keep you apart.Up the Forked River
Edward Sylvester Ellis
- angry or violent struggle; conflict
- rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind
- Australian and NZ trouble or discord of any kindto get into strife
- archaic striving
- (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 strives
early 13c., from Old French estrif, variant of estrit "quarrel, dispute, impetuosity," probably from Frankish *strid, from Proto-Germanic *strido- "strife, combat" (cf. Old High German strit "quarrel, dispute"), related to Old High German stritan "to fight;" see stride.
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.