- 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.
strive definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- striver noun
strive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb strove strove , striv·en or strived, striv·ing, strives
- To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
- To struggle or fight forcefully; contend: strive against injustice.
Origin: Middle English striven, from Old French estriver, from estrit, estrif, quarrel; see strife.
- strivˈer noun
- strivˈing·ly adverb