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intr.v. strove (strōv) or strived, striv·en (strĭv′ən) or strived, striv·ing, strives
1. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
2. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend: strive against injustice.
[Middle English striven, from Old French estriver, from estrit, estrif, quarrel; see strife.]
vb, strives, striving, strove or striven (ˈstrɪvən)
1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make a great and tenacious effort: to strive to get promotion.
2. (intr) to fight; contend
[C13: from Old French estriver, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German streben to strive, Old Norse strītha to fight]
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]
- compete - Comes from Latin competere, "come together," but in later Latin, it developed the sense "strive together," which was the basis for the English term.
- repugn, repugnant - Repugn means "to strive against" or "be contradictory or inconsistent," giving us repugnant.
- strive - Seems to be from Old French estriver, "quarrel, strive."
- win - Its Germanic base gave it its first meaning, "to labor, strive, work."
Past participle: striven
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|Verb||1.||strive - attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"|
struggle - to exert strenuous effort against opposition; "he struggled to get free from the rope"
attempt, essay, try, assay, seek - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
buck - to strive with determination; "John is bucking for a promotion"
|2.||strive - to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"|
extend oneself - strain to the utmost
labor, labour, tug, push, drive - strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
verb try, labour, struggle, fight, attempt, compete, strain, contend, endeavour, go for it (informal), try hard, toil, make every effort, go all out (informal), bend over backwards (informal), do your best, go for broke (slang), leave no stone unturned, bust a gut (informal), do all you can, give it your best shot (informal), jump through hoops (informal), break your neck (informal), exert yourself, make an all-out effort (informal), knock yourself out (informal), do your utmost, do your damnedest (informal), give it your all (informal), rupture yourself (informal) He strives hard to keep himself very fit.
1. To exert one's mental or physical powers, usually under difficulty and to the point of exhaustion:
Idiom: break one's back.
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strivepret <strove>, ptp <striven>
vi (= exert oneself) → sich bemühen; (= fight) → kämpfen; to strive to do something → bestrebt or bemüht sein, etw zu tun; to strive for or (old) after something → etw anstreben, nach etw streben; to strive against something → gegen etw (an)kämpfen; to strive with somebody/something → mit jdm/etw ringen or kämpfen
strive(straiv) – past tense strove (strouv) : past participle striven (ˈstrivn) – verb
to try very hard or struggle. He always strives to please his teacher. strewe يُكافِح، يُناضِل стремя се esforçar-se usilovat sich mühen bestræbe sig på πασχίζω, μοχθώ, αγωνίζομαιesforzarse püüdma, pingutama سعي كردن tavoitella s'efforcer de לְהֵיָאֵבק होड़ करना, प्रतिस्पर्धा करना nastojati, truditi se igyekszik berusaha keras leggja sig allan fram sforzarsi 努める 분투하다 stengtis, siekti censties; pūlēties berusaha zijn best doen strebe, kjempeusiłować, starać się, wysilać się کوښښ کول esforçar-se a se strădui стремиться usilovať prizadevati si težiti sträva efter, bemöda sig om พยายามอย่างที่สุด uğraşmak, didinmek 力求 старатися; докладати зусиль جد و جہد کرنا phấn đấu, đấu tranh 力求