- The definition of strive is to try very hard or struggle.
- To run a marathon with an injury is an example of strive.
- To try to train a disobedient puppy is an example of strive.
intransitive verbstrove or strived, striven or strived, striving
- to make great efforts; try very hard: to strive to win
- to be in conflict; struggle; contend; fight: to strive against oppression
- Obsolete to compete; vie
Origin of striveMiddle English striven ; from Old French estriver, to quarrel, contend ; from estrif, effort ; from Germanic as in Middle High German striben, obsolete Dutch strijven, to strive, struggle ; from Indo-European an unverified form streibh- (from source Classical Greek striphnos, hard, solid) ; from base an unverified form (s)ter-, rigid from source stare
intransitive verbstrove strove or strived, striv·en or strived, striv·ing, strives
- To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
- To struggle or fight forcefully; contend: strive against injustice.
Origin of striveMiddle English striven, from Old French estriver, from estrit, estrif, quarrel; see strife.
(third-person singular simple present strives, present participle striving, simple past strove or strived, past participle striven or strived)
From Middle English striven (â€œto striveâ€) from Old French estriver (â€œto compete, quarrelâ€) from Old French estrif (â€œquarrel, disputeâ€), alteration (influenced by Germanic forms related to Frankish *strÄ«ban (â€œto striveâ€), compare Middle Dutch streven (â€œto striveâ€), German streben (â€œto striveâ€)) of Old French estrit, from Frankish *strÄ«d (â€œquarrel, disputeâ€) from Proto-Germanic *strÄ«dÅ (â€œcombat, strifeâ€). Akin to Old High German strÄ«t (â€œquarrelâ€) (German Streit), Old High German strÄ«tan (â€œto fightâ€), Old Norse strÄ«Ã° (â€œstrife, contentionâ€). More at stride.