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Strive (impf. “strived:” Lucr. 52. Per. V Prol. Per. V Prol. “strove:” All's I, 1, 241. Lr. IV, 3, 18. Partic. “strove:” H8 II, 4, 30) 1) to make efforts, to do one's best, to endeavour: “s., man, and speak,” Cymb. V, 5, 152. With for, == to make efforts to attain: “for enlargement --ing,” H4A III, 1, 31. “s. by factions . . . for rule and empery,” Tit. I, 18. Usually with an inf.: “crows that s. to overfly them,” Ven. 324. “nor sun nor wind will ever s. to kiss you,” Ven. 324 Lucr. 504. Lucr. 504 Sonn. 103, 9. 112, 5. Tp. I, 2, 459. III, 1, 23. Meas. III, 1, 22. LLL IV, 1, 37. V, 2, 518. All's I, 1, 241. II, 3, 152. III, 3, 5. Tw. V, 417. Wint. IV, 4, 543. John IV, 2, 28. R2 III, 2, 97. R2 III, 2, 97 V, 1, 100. H6B IV, 1, 98. R3 I, 4, 36. H8 II, 4, 30. Cor. III, 2, 20. Rom. I Chor. Rom. I Chor. Tim. III, 3, 32. III, 5, 25. Lr. I, 1, 87. I, 4, 369. II, 1, 110. III, 1, 10. Oth. II, 3, 364. Ant. I, 1, 50. Per. II Prol. 19. V Prol. 16. In H8 I, 2, 169 O. Edd. bid him s. to the love o'the commonalty; F4 and M. Edd. s. to gain the love.
2) to try (without the notion of effort): “I did s. to prove the constancy and virtue of your love,” Sonn. 117, 13. “though she s. to try her strength,” Pilgr. 317. “if I did think I were well awake, I'ld s. to tell you,” Tp. V, 230. “thou wrongest thyself, if thou shouldst s. to choose,” All's II, 3, 153. “I'll s. to take a nap,” R3 V, 3, 104.
3) to contend, to struggle, to resist: “mastering what not --s,” Compl. 240. “but if thou s., poor soul, what art thou then?” LLL IV, 1, 94. “nay, if thou s.” Oth. V, 2, 81. With against: “in vain you s. against the stream,” Ven. 772. “I know I love in vain, s. against hope,” All's I, 3, 207. “do not s. against my vows,” IV, 2, 14. “that 'gainst the stream of virtue they may s.” Tim. IV, 1, 27. to s. with == to struggle against: “think women still to s. with men, to sin and never for to saint,” Pilgr. 341. “so --s the woodcock with the gin,” H6C I, 4, 61. “vex not yourself, nor s. not with your breath,” R2 II, 1, 3 (i. e. your want of breath imposing the necessity of being silent). “now bid me run, and I will s. with things impossible; yea, get the better of them,” Caes. II, 1, 325.
4) to quarrel, to be in contention or dispute: “do as adversaries do in law, s. mightily, but eat and drink as friends,” Shr. I, 2, 279. “you do me double wrong, to s. for that which resteth in my choice,” III, 1, 17. “the fatal colours of our --ing houses,” H6C II, 5, 98. “s. no more,” Tit. III, 1, 178.
5) to emulate, to vie: “variable passions throng her constant woe, as --ing who should best become her grief,” Ven. 968. “they both would s. who first should dry his tears,” Ven. 968 “within whose face beauty and virtue --d which of them both should underprop her fame,” Lucr. 52. “adoption --s with nature,” All's I, 3, 151. “daughter and mother so s. upon your pulse,” All's I, 3, 151 “patience and sorrow s. who should express her goodliest,” Lr. IV, 3, 18. “a piece of work so bravely done, so rich, that it did s. in workmanship and value,” Cymb. II, 4, 73 (it was doubtful, which of the two, workmanship or value, was greatest). cf. Lr. I, 1, 87.
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