verb (used without object), strove or strived, striv·en [striv-uh n] /ˈstrɪv ən/ or strived, striv·ing.
Origin of strive
Synonyms for strive
Related Words for strovetackle, aim, endeavor, seek, essay, contend, sweat, moil, attempt, toil, offer, work, drive, labor, strain, hassle, jockey, compete, struggle, push
Examples from the Web for strove
Contemporary Examples of strove
Instead he strove to demonstrate that his vision embraced theirs.Obama’s Speech Took Ideas From the GOP and Rhetoric From Madison Avenue
January 28, 2012
Even now, in the midst of our parallel struggle for existence, we strove to conceal our efforts from solbreeder eyes.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Historical Examples of strove
He watched her as she strove to speak, but if her lips stirred they made no sound.Way of the Lawless
He clasped his head in his hands and strove to clear his mind for a moment from obsession.Viviette
William J. Locke
Williams, Gunby, and Howard, all strove in vain to bring it to order.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
She strove her mightiest to rid herself of them, but in vain.
Though he strove to put confidence into his words, his painful doubt was manifest.
verb strives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
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.