- 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 (“to strive”) from Old French estriver (“to compete, quarrel”) from Old French estrif (“quarrel, dispute”), alteration (influenced by Germanic forms related to Frankish *strīban (“to strive”), compare Middle Dutch streven (“to strive”), German streben (“to strive”)) of Old French estrit, from Frankish *strīd (“quarrel, dispute”) from Proto-Germanic *strīdō (“combat, strife”). Akin to Old High German strīt (“quarrel”) (German Streit), Old High German strītan (“to fight”), Old Norse strīð (“strife, contention”). More at stride.