Strive
Strive Strive, v. i. [imp. {Strove}; p. p. {Striven}(Rarely, {Strove}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Striving}.] [OF. estriver; of Teutonic origin, and akin to G. streben, D. streven, Dan. str[ae]be, Sw. str["a]fva. Cf. {Strife}.] 1. To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard. [1913 Webster]

Was for this his ambition strove To equal C[ae]sar first, and after, Jove? --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

2. To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest; -- followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

My Spirit shall not always strive with man. --Gen. vi. 3. [1913 Webster]

Why dost thou strive against him? --Job xxxiii. 13. [1913 Webster]

Now private pity strove with public hate, Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

3. To vie; to compete; to be a rival. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

[Not] that sweet grove Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired Castalian spring, might with this paradise Of Eden strive. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To contend; vie; struggle; endeavor; aim. [1913 Webster]


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  • strive — [straıv] v past tense strove [strəuv US strouv] past participle striven [ˈstrıvən] [i]formal [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: estriver] to make a great effort to achieve something strive to do sth ▪ I was still striving to be successful.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • strive — [ straıv ] (past tense strove [ strouv ] ; past participle striv|en [ strıvn ] ) verb intransitive * to make a lot of effort to achieve something: strive to do something: We strive to be accurate, but some mistakes are inevitable. strive for:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • strive — [strīv] vi. strove or strived, striven [striv′ ən] or strived, striving [ME striven < OFr estriver, to quarrel, contend < estrif, effort < Gmc, as in MHG striben, obs. Du strijven, to strive, struggle < IE * streibh (> Gr striphnos …   English World dictionary

  • Strive — Strive, n. 1. An effort; a striving. [R.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Strife; contention. [Obs.] Wyclif (luke xxi. 9). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strive — ► VERB (past strove or strived; past part. striven or strived) 1) make great efforts. 2) (strive against) fight vigorously against. DERIVATIVES striver noun …   English terms dictionary

  • strive — I verb aim, aspire, attempt, bestir oneself, bid for, carry into execution, compete, conari, contend, contendere, contest, do all one can, do one s best, do one s utmost, drive at, drudge, employ one s time, employ oneself, endeavor, endeavor to… …   Law dictionary

  • strive — (v.) c.1200, from O.Fr. estriver to quarrel, dispute, from estrif, estrit quarrel (see STRIFE (Cf. strife)). It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drive, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • strive — struggle, endeavor, *attempt, essay, try Analogous words: work, labor, toil, travail (see corresponding nouns at WORK): *contend, fight …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • strive — verb. The regular past tense is strove and the past participle striven, but strived is commonly used for both in AmE: • We ve strived to lead the way in offering you the tools you need Money 1993 …   Modern English usage

  • strive — [v] try for, exert oneself aim, assay, attempt, bear down, bend over backward*, break one’s neck*, compete, contend, do one’s best*, do one’s utmost*, drive, endeavor, essay, fight, go after, go all out*, go for broke*, go for the jugular*, go… …   New thesaurus

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