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strive

verb [I]  /strɑɪv/ (past tense strove  /stroʊv/ or strived, past participle striven  /ˈstrɪv·ən/ or strived) us  
to try hard to do something or make something happen, esp. for a long time or against difficulties: [+ to infinitive] Neither Jefferson nor Madison was a pacifist, though both strove to keep America at peace.
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