- To run a marathon with an injury is an example of strive.
- To try to train a disobedient puppy is an example of strive.
- to make great efforts; try very hard: to strive to win
- to be in conflict; struggle; contend; fight: to strive against oppression
- Obs. to compete; vie
Origin of striveMiddle English striven ; from Old French estriver, to quarrel, contend ; from estrif, effort ; from Gmc, 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 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 *strÄ«ban (“to strive"), compare Middle Dutch streven (“to strive"), German streben (“to strive")) of Old French estrit, from Frankish *strÄ«d (“quarrel, dispute") from Proto-Germanic *strÄ«dÅ (“combat, strife"). Akin to Old High German strÄ«t (“quarrel") (German Streit), Old High German strÄ«tan (“to fight"), Old Norse strÄ«Ã° (“strife, contention"). More at stride.