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struggle

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intransitive verb strug·gle \ˈstrə-gəl\

Simple Definition of struggle

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of struggle

struggled

struggling

play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. 1 :  to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition <struggling with the problem>

  2. 2 :  to proceed with difficulty or with great effort <struggled through the high grass> <struggling to make a living>

struggler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of struggle in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of struggle

Middle English struglen


First Known Use: 14th century


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struggle

noun strug·gle

Simple Definition of struggle

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of struggle

  1. 1 :  contest, strife <armed struggle> <a power struggle>

  2. 2 :  a violent effort or exertion :  an act of strongly motivated striving <a struggle to make ends meet>

  3. 3 :  tussle 1 <during the struggle the gun went off>

Examples of struggle in a sentence

  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.



1560

First Known Use of struggle

1560



STRUGGLE Defined for Kids

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struggle

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verb strug·gle \ˈstrə-gəl\

Definition of struggle for Students

struggled

struggling

  1. 1 :  to make a great effort to do or achieve something or to overcome someone or something <I struggled with the burglar.> <We're struggling with money problems.>

  2. 2 :  to move with difficulty or with great effort <A woman struggled through the snow.>




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struggle

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noun strug·gle

Definition of struggle for Students

  1. 1 :  a difficult or violent effort <Though it was a struggle to lift my eyes, I did so. — Avi, Crispin>

  2. 2 :  2fight 1, contest





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