Strive definition

strīv
To make great efforts; try very hard.

To strive to win.

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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.

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To vie; to compete as a rival.
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(obsolete) An effort; a striving.

noun
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To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
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To be in conflict; struggle; contend; fight.

To strive against oppression.

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(obs.) To compete; vie.
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To try to achieve a result; to make strenuous effort; to try earnestly and persistently.

He strove to excel.

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To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest.

To strive against fate.

To strive for the truth.

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(obsolete) Strife; contention.

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To struggle or fight forcefully; contend.

Strive against injustice.

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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.

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