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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

strove (strəʊv)
 
vb
the past tense of strive

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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
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.
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