intransitive verb \ˈstrə-gəl\

: to try very hard to do, achieve, or deal with something that is difficult or that causes problems

: to move with difficulty or with great effort

: to try to move yourself, an object, etc., by making a lot of effort

strug·gledstrug·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of STRUGGLE

:  to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition <struggling with the problem>
:  to proceed with difficulty or with great effort <struggled through the high grass> <struggling to make a living>
strug·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of STRUGGLE

  1. He has been struggling with the problem of how to keep good workers from leaving.
  2. They struggled for the right to vote.
  3. She struggled up the hill through the snow.
  4. She struggled to lift the package by herself, but it was too heavy.
  5. He struggled to get free of the wreckage.
  6. He's been struggling in math class for most of the year.
  7. The team has continued to struggle in recent weeks.
  8. He was living as a struggling artist in the city.

Origin of STRUGGLE

Middle English struglen
First Known Use: 14th century

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: a long effort to do, achieve, or deal with something that is difficult or that causes problems

: a physical fight between usually two people

: something that is difficult to do or achieve

Full Definition of STRUGGLE

:  contest, strife <armed struggle> <a power struggle>
:  a violent effort or exertion :  an act of strongly motivated striving <a struggle to make ends meet>
:  tussle 1 <during the struggle the gun went off>

Examples of STRUGGLE

  1. the struggle for civil rights
  2. There was a struggle for the gun.
  3. There was no sign of a struggle.
  4. It was a struggle getting out of bed this morning.

First Known Use of STRUGGLE


Rhymes with STRUGGLE


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