intr.v. strove (strōv) or strived, striv·en (strĭvən) or strived, striv·ing, strives
1. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
2. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend: strive against injustice.
[Middle English striven, from Old French estriver, from estrit, estrif, quarrel; see STRIFE.]
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