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A past tense of strive.
the past tense of strive
v.i. strove or strived, striv•en (ˈstrɪv ən) or strived, striv•ing.
1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard.
2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
5. to rival; vie.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French estriver to quarrel, compete, strive < Germanic; compare obsolete Dutch strijven, Middle High German strīben to strive]