To strive to win.
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 strive against oppression.
Strive against injustice.
Origin of strive
- Middle English striven from Old French estriver from estrit, estrif quarrel strife
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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«dō (“combat, strife"). Akin to Old High German strÄ«t (“quarrel") (German Streit), Old High German strÄ«tan (“to fight"), Old Norse strīð (“strife, contention"). More at stride.