strive

[strahyv]
verb (used without object), strove or strived, striven [striv-uhn] or strived, striving.
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.

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

striver, noun
strivingly, adverb
interstrive, verb (used without object), interstrove, interstriven, interstriving.
outstrive, verb (used with object), outstrove, outstriven, outstriving.
overstrive, verb (used without object), overstrove, overstriven, overstriving.
restrive, verb (used without object), restrove, restriven, restriving.
unstriving, adjective


1. See try. 2. toil. 3. struggle, fight.
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strive (straɪv)
 
vb , strives, striving, strove, striven
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
 
[C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight]
 
'striver
 
n

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strive
c.1200, from O.Fr. 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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Example sentences
Of course, the world community will not be reducing the population or striving
  to cap prosperity.
These have been exciting times for scientists striving to learn about the
  origin of life.
But imperfect memories alone, of course, do not guarantee anyone is always
  striving to be deception-free.
Striving to be faultless can foster failure-or drive success-depending on the
  type of perfectionist you are.
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