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4 definitions found
 for strive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Strive \Strive\, n.
     1. An effort; a striving. [R.] --Chapman.
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     2. Strife; contention. [Obs.] --Wyclif (luke xxi. 9).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Strive \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.
     straebe, Sw. str[aum]fva. Cf. Strife.]
     1. To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with
        earnestness; to labor hard.
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              Was for this his ambition strove
              To equal Caesar first, and after, Jove? --Cowley.
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     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.
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              My Spirit shall not always strive with man. --Gen.
                                                    vi. 3.
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              Why dost thou strive against him?     --Job xxxiii.
                                                    13.
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              Now private pity strove with public hate,
              Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate. --Denham.
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     3. To vie; to compete; to be a rival. --Chaucer.
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              [Not] that sweet grove
              Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired
              Castalian spring, might with this paradise
              Of Eden strive.                       --Milton.
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     Syn: To contend; vie; struggle; endeavor; aim.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  strive
      v 1: attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our
           customers happy" [syn: endeavor, endeavour, strive]
      2: to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
         [syn: strive, reach, strain]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  83 Moby Thesaurus words for "strive":
     agonize, aim, aim to, assay, attempt, attempt to, battle,
     be determined, box, brawl, broil, buffet, clash, close, collide,
     combat, come to blows, compete, contend, contest, cut and thrust,
     dare to, drive, duel, endeavor, essay, exchange blows, fence, feud,
     fight, fight a duel, give and take, give satisfaction, go all out,
     grapple, grapple with, grunt and sweat, hassle, huff and puff,
     jostle, joust, labor, make every effort, mix it up, moil, offer,
     pretend to, quarrel, rassle, resolve, riot, run a tilt, scramble,
     scuffle, seek, seek to, skirmish, spar, strain, strive to,
     struggle, study, study to, sweat, sweat blood, thrust and parry,
     tilt, toil, tourney, travail, try, try and, try hard, try to, tug,
     tussle, undertake, venture to, wage war, war, work, work at,
     wrestle
  
  

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