- To try to achieve a result; to make strenuous effort; to try earnestly and persistently.
- He strove to excel.
- to strive for the truth
- 2021 January 13, Christian Wolmar, “Read all about London's Cathedrals of Steam”, in RAIL, issue 922, page 62:
- Moreover, on several occasions, terminus stations such as Nine Elms, Bishop's Bridge, Maiden Lane and Bishopgate were built rather further away from the centre of London, only to be dispensed with as the various railway companies strove to get as near as possible to the lucrative markets of the City and the West End.
- To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest.
- to strive against fate
- 1641, John Denham, On the Earl of Strafford's Tryal and Death:
- Now private pity strove with public hate, / Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate.
- To vie; to compete as a rival.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book IV”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- [Not] that sweet grove / Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired / Castalian spring, might with this paradise / Of Eden strive.
- This often occurs as a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
- The strong or irregular forms "strove" and "striven" are more commonly used in print than "strived".
conjugation of strive
|present||I strive||we strive||I am striving||we are striving||I have striven||we have striven||I have been striving||we have been striving|
|you strive||you strive||you are striving||you are striving||you have striven||you have striven||you have been striving||you have been striving|
|he strives||they strive||he is striving||they are striving||he has striven||they have striven||he has been striving||they have been striving|
|past||I strove||we strove||I was striving||we were striving||I had striven||we had striven||I had been striving||we had been striving|
|you strove||you strove||you were striving||you were striving||you had striven||you had striven||you had been striving||you had been striving|
|he strove||they strove||he was striving||they were striving||he had striven||they had striven||he had been striving||they had been striving|
|future||I will strive||we will strive||I will be striving||we will be striving||I will have striven||we will have striven||I will have been striving||we will have been striving|
|you will strive||you will strive||you will be striving||you will be striving||you will have striven||you will have striven||you will have been striving||you will have been striving|
|he will strive||they will strive||he will be striving||they will be striving||he will have striven||they will have striven||he will have been striving||they will have been striving|
|conditional||I would strive||we would strive||I would be striving||we would be striving||I would have striven||we would have striven||I would have been striving||we would have been striving|
|you would strive||you would strive||you would be striving||you would be striving||you would have striven||you would have striven||you would have been striving||you would have been striving|
|he would strive||they would strive||he would be striving||they would be striving||he would have striven||they would have striven||he would have been striving||they would have been striving|
to try to achieve
to struggle in opposition
strive (plural strives)
- (obsolete) Alternative form of
- strive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- strive in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.