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.