Pronunciation: (strīv), [key]
—v.i., strove or strived, striv•enPronunciation: (striv'un) [key]or strived, striv•ing.
1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
5. to rival; vie.
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