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[strohv] /stroʊv/
simple past tense of strive.


[strahyv] /straɪv/
verb (used without object), strove or strived, striven
[striv-uh n] /ˈstrɪv ən/ (Show IPA)
or strived, striving.
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
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for strove
  • Later, the same scientists strove to explain what fuels these erupting mountain ranges, called mid-ocean ridges.
  • The group strove to revive a defunct political party.
  • He would have released himself, but strove in vain to do so.
  • But human figures occupied a higher realm of being in his mind, and with them he strove for artifice.
  • Outdoor artwork, which once strove to inspire, is now content to amuse.
  • In keeping with the emphasis on popularization, all three authors strove for conciseness and simplicity.
  • It is home to innovators who strove to further the great world of flight.
  • Her diplomatic tenacity strove to achieve a bloodless peace with white settlers.
  • The letters also reveal the bond between two figures who strove to explain the world through the language of magical power.
  • It strove to dispel the myths and stigma that surround mental illness.
British Dictionary definitions for strove


the past tense of strive


verb strives, striving, strove, striven (ˈstrɪvən)
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effort: to strive to get promotion
(intransitive) to fight; contend
Derived Forms
striver, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight
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Word Origin and History for strove



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
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