Definitions for: Strive


[v] to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear."
[v] attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"



Webster (1913) Definition: Strive, v. i. [imp. Strove; p. p. Striven(Rarely,
Strove); p. pr. & vb. n. Striving.] [OF. estriver; of
Teutonic origin, and akin to G. streben, D. streven, Dan.
str[ae]be, Sw. str["a]fva. Cf. Strife.]
1. To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with
earnestness; to labor hard.

Was for this his ambition strove To equal C[ae]sar
first, and after, Jove? --Cowley.

2. To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute;
to contend; to contest; -- followed by against or with
before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against
temptation; strive for the truth. --Chaucer.

My Spirit shall not always strive with man. --Gen.
vi. 3.

Why dost thou strive against him? --Job xxxiii.
13.

Now private pity strove with public hate, Reason
with rage, and eloquence with fate. --Denham.

3. To vie; to compete; to be a rival. --Chaucer.

[Not] that sweet grove Of Daphne, by Orontes and the
inspired Castalian spring, might with this paradise
Of Eden strive. --Milton.

Syn: To contend; vie; struggle; endeavor; aim.


Strive, n.
1. An effort; a striving. [R.] --Chapman.

2. Strife; contention. [Obs.] --Wyclif (luke xxi. 9).

Synonyms: endeavor, endeavour, reach, strain

See Also: assay, attempt, be at pains, bother, buck, drive, essay, extend oneself, inconvenience oneself, kill oneself, labor, labour, overexert oneself, overstrain, push, seek, struggle, take pains, trouble, trouble oneself, try, tug

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