Etymology
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strive (v.)

c. 1200, "quarrel, contend," from Old French estriver "to quarrel, dispute, resist, struggle, put up a fight, compete," from estrif, estrit "quarrel" (see strife). It became a strong verb (past tense strove) by rhyming association with drive, dive, etc. Meaning "try hard" is from early 14c. Related: Striving.

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Definitions of strive

strive (v.)
attempt by employing effort;
Synonyms: endeavor / endeavour
strive (v.)
to exert much effort or energy;
Synonyms: reach / strain
From wordnet.princeton.edu