A past tense of strive.
- Simple past tense of strive.
Variant 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