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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Strive v. i. [imp. Strove p. p. Striven (Rarely, Strove); p. pr. & vb. n. Striving.]
 1. To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard.
 Was for this his ambition strove
 To equal Caesar first, and after, Jove?   --Cowley.
 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.
    My Spirit shall not always strive with man.   --Gen. vi. 3.
    Why dost thou strive against him?   --Job xxxiii. 13.
 Now private pity strove with public hate,
 Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate.   --Denham.
 3. To vie; to compete; to be a rival.
 [Not] that sweet grove
 Of Daphne, by Orontes and the inspired
 Castalian spring, might with this paradise
 Of Eden strive.   --Milton.
 Syn: -- To contend; vie; struggle; endeavor; aim.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Striv·ing a. & n. from Strive. -- Striv*ing*ly, adv.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : an effortful attempt to attain a goal [syn: nisus, pains,