Definition of

Strive

  1. (verb, competition) to exert much effort or energy
  2. (verb, social) attempt by employing effort

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Synonyms of Strive

endeavor, endeavour, reach, strain

Origin of the word Strive

  1. c.1200, from O.Fr. estriver "to quarrel, dispute," from estrif, estrit "quarrel" (see strife). It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drive, etc. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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