striven


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Related to striven: start off, spread out, liaised

strive

 (strīv)
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.]

striv′er n.
striv′ing·ly adv.
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References in classic literature ?
The heritage of a kingly mind, And a proud spirit which hath striven Triumphantly with human kind.
As for my disposition, that is, perhaps, somewhat too hasty; but I have striven to repress it.
Thus have we striven, and in vain; and this night our Queen holds council for the last time.