Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of strive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past of strive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of strive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit of strive.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Saturday he strove from the outset to impose his superiority.

    Philippe Gilbert wins Giro di Lombardia again

  • Some shook with superstitious dread; others, driven to atheistical despair, with horrible execrations, again strove to force a passage through the doors.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • While Edwin strove to guess who could be the inventor of so dire a falsehood against the truest of Scots, he awakened an alarm in Wallace for Bruce, which could not be excited for himself, by suggesting that perhaps some intimation had been given to the most ambitious of the abthanes, respecting the arrival of their rightful prince.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • WHEN the first violence of this paroxysm of sorrow abated, Camilla again strove to pray, and found that nothing so much stilled her.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • We had many family quarrels about it, and they began in time to grow up to a dangerous height; for as I was quite estranged form my husband (as he was called) in affection, so I took no heed to my words, but sometimes gave him language that was provoking; and, in short, strove all I could to bring him to a parting with me, which was what above all things in the world I desired most.

    The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders

  • The Knights of the Sword strove for independence and tried to establish themselves in Esthonia.

    The Church and the Empire, Being an Outline of the History of the Church from A.D. 1003 to A.D. 1304

  • The mate made no attempt to conceal his opinion of his superior's peril, and in gloomy terms strove to put the full horror of his position before him.

    Many Cargoes

  • Now wrestlers in the Olympian games were naked, and anointed with oil to make them sleek and glibbery, so to afford no holdfast to such as strove with them.

    Good Thoughts in Bad Times and Other Papers.

  • The desire and the hope of recovering the work of Celsus were therefore quite natural for any who wished to penetrate more deeply into the spiritual atmosphere of the second and third centuries, and especially for such as strove to understand clearly how men of this age, versed in philosophy, such as

    The Silesian Horseherd - Questions of the Hour

  • Add to this the wailings of terrified women, the infirm condition of the aged, and the helplessness of childhood; such as strove to provide for themselves and those who labored to assist others; these dragging the feeble, those waiting for them; some hurrying, others lingering; altogether created a scene of universal confusion and embarrassment: and while they looked back upon the danger in their rear, they often found themselves beset before and on their sides; or, if they had escaped into the quarters adjoining, these, too, were already seized by the devouring flames; even the parts which they believed remote and exempt were found to be in the same distress.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.