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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.]

striv′er n.
striv′ing·ly adv.
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Noun1.striver - one who is industrious and diligent in carrying out tasks or dutiesstriver - one who is industrious and diligent in carrying out tasks or duties
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
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References in classic literature ?
A blesser have I become and a Yea-sayer: and therefore strove I long and was a striver, that I might one day get my hands free for blessing.
A townhouse built in 1893 on Striver's Row, a stretch of 138th Street in Central Harlem, sold for $4,175 million, well over the asking price of $3.9 million and the first time a home on Striver's Row has sold for over $3 million.
Being highly self-conscious and fashion conscious, Striver was fully equivalent to mental or behavioral commitment to fashion as the strongest beta indicates ([beta] = .41, p < .001).
Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain.
Is your bread and butter consumer the undaunted striver, the impulsive spender, the aspiring struggler or the secure traditionalist?
From a youthful striver from Boston's Irish working class inspired by JFK, a Harvard-educated, would-be poet of the drug culture, and a dedicated Vietnam War volunteer, to an abused aspiring dancer and her repressed girlfriend, a conflicted housewife-career woman and a South African exchange student following the American dream - each individual carries the burden of the times.
Speaker after speaker at the convention in Tampa, Florida, celebrated the striver, who started small, struggled hard, looked within and became wealthy.
20 October 2011 - Tanker operator Frontline Ltd (OSL:FRO; NYSE:FRO) said today it would sell its 1994-built Suezmax tanker Front Fighter and had agreed with Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) to terminate the long-term charter for its ore-bulk-oil (OBO) carrier Front Striver.
Glicken declares himself a work-addicted striver and presents a volume of sensible and respectful direction for his workaholic brethren.
Also absolutely unforgettable is Kevin Baker's gritty, mesmerizing trilogy of New York City history: Paradise Alley (the Irish immigration after the famine, life in the Five Points, and the 1863 Draft Riots), Dreamland (the early 1900s heyday of Coney Island, women's suffrage, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster, and the growth of underworld gangs), and Striver's Row (Harlem and young Malcolm X, *** May/June 2006).
Between 1940 and 1945, the ANT presented three ambitious original works by black playwrights which remain largely overlooked by scholars: On Striver's Row by Abram Hill, Natural Man by Theodore Browne, and The Garden of Time by Owen Dodson.
By the 1840s, a culture of surveillance had emerged as well, first as a business solution to the credit economy, then later as a personal strategy to rejoin the striver's race.