To strive is to endeavor, reach, or strain for something above or beyond. We strive for self-improvement, a better world, or success in general.

The Old French origin of this word, estriver ("quarrel," "dispute"), had its 800th birthday not too long ago. Though it shares its roots with strife ("conflict"), it changed over the years (centuries, actually) to describe something more like a conflict with oneself, the attempt to overcome limitations and stay focused on a goal, regardless of whatever quarrels or disputes come up.

Definitions of strive
  1. verb
    attempt by employing effort
    synonyms: endeavor, endeavour
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    exert strenuous effort against opposition
    be at pains, take pains
    try very hard to do something
    to strive with determination
    type of:
    assay, attempt, essay, seek, try
    make an effort or attempt
  2. verb
    exert much effort or energy
    synonyms: reach, strain
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    extend oneself
    strain to the utmost
    kill oneself, overexert oneself
    strain oneself more than is healthy
    bother, inconvenience oneself, trouble, trouble oneself
    take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
    type of:
    drive, labor, labour, push, tug
    strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  3. verb
    exert strenuous effort against opposition
    synonyms: struggle
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    type of:
    endeavor, endeavour
    attempt by employing effort
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