Strive Definition

strived, striven, strives, striving, strove
strived, striven, strives, striving, strove
To make great efforts; try very hard.
To strive to win.
Webster's New World
To be in conflict; struggle; contend; fight.
To strive against oppression.
Webster's New World
To compete; vie.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) An effort; a striving.


(obsolete) Strife; contention.


Origin of Strive

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English striven from Old French estriver from estrit, estrif quarrel strife

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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