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strive

verb [I] uk   /straɪv/ (strove or strived, striven or strived) us  
C2 to try very hard to do something or to make something happen, especially for a long time or against difficulties: [+ to infinitive] Mr Roe has kindled expectations that he must now strive to live up to. In her writing she strove for a balance between innovation and familiar prose forms.
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