verb (used without object), strove or strived, striv·en [striv–uh n] /ˈstrɪv ən/ or strived, striv·ing.
- to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
- to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
- to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
- to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
- to rival; vie.
verb strives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effortto strive to get promotion
- (intr) to fight; contend
c.1200, from Old French estriver “to quarrel, dispute,” from estrif, estrit “quarrel” (see strife). It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drive, etc.