struggle

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verb

strug·​gle ˈstrə-gəl How to pronounce struggle (audio)
struggled; struggling ˈstrə-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce struggle (audio)

intransitive verb

1
: to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition
struggling with the problem
2
: to proceed with difficulty or with great effort
struggled through the high grass
struggling to make a living
struggler noun

struggle

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noun

1
: contest, strife
armed struggle
a power struggle
2
: a violent effort or exertion : an act of strongly motivated striving
a struggle to make ends meet
3
: tussle sense 1
during the struggle the gun went off

Examples of struggle in a Sentence

Verb He has been struggling with the problem of how to keep good workers from leaving. They struggled for the right to vote. She struggled up the hill through the snow. She struggled to lift the package by herself, but it was too heavy. He struggled to get free of the wreckage. He's been struggling in math class for most of the year. The team has continued to struggle in recent weeks. He was living as a struggling artist in the city. Noun the struggle for civil rights There was a struggle for the gun. There was no sign of a struggle. It was a struggle getting out of bed this morning. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Though dating apps struggled with fraud and manipulation before AI, Mirakyan acknowledged that some emerging AI tools could make finding connections on these platforms worse. Alexandra S. Levine, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The Panthers have struggled to get over the regional semifinal hump but have consistently stayed among a small group of elite Texas high school basketball programs. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 Feb. 2024 At dinner, Rachel shared with Joey that previous partners of hers struggled with her job as a nurse. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Groovin the Moo is by no means the only festival struggling to shift enough tickets to stay afloat. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 JetBlue has struggled to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while its bigger rivals have returned to healthy profitability. Michelle Chapman, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 Lower pay in low-income communities Betty Luckett is struggling to make payroll as the owner of From the Heart Preschool and Enrichment Center in Inglewood, which cares for up to 40 children, including kindergartners. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 For a team that struggled with depth, this needs to be Lynch’s best class since arriving in Santa Clara. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 All dog tooth violets flourish in cool damp climates and struggle in humid heat. Nadia Hassani, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2024
Noun
While mass-appeal live-stream shopping struggles to build any heat, fire is building in specific e-commerce segments where direct, live engagement can offer a value-add to the shopping experience. Drew Chapin, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 My family’s legacy in the community and my personal and professional experiences have provided me with unique insights into the aspirations and struggles of our residents. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The struggle of Korean bookstores, serving a relatively small market of Korean speakers and Korean language learners, mirrors that of mainstream bookstores, amid the rise of e-books and online ordering. Ashley Ahn, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Capterra’s data comes as young employees in Britain are missing the equivalent of a day’s work every week due to mental health struggles, separate research has shown. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 All encroaching but on disparate courses, the three further struggle when their rights are called into question by outside forces. Holly Jones, Variety, 14 Feb. 2024 Teachers, administrators, and staff may have insights into a child’s behavior or struggles and/or may serve as an ally for concerned parents. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 14 Feb. 2024 Trump has long grumbled about the United States' outsize role in NATO and casts President Biden’s support for Ukraine’s struggle to resist Russian invasion as a costly drag on the U.S. taxpayer. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Despite their initial hesitancy, the young actors found commonality with each visionary’s personal struggles and challenges leading up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English struglen

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of struggle was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Struggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/struggle. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

struggle

1 of 2 verb
strug·​gle ˈstrəg-əl How to pronounce struggle (audio)
struggled; struggling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce struggle (audio)
1
: to make a great effort to overcome someone or something : strive
struggling with the problem
2
: to proceed with difficulty or with great effort
struggled through the snow
struggler noun

struggle

2 of 2 noun
1
: fight entry 2 sense 1a, contest
a power struggle
2
: a violent or strenuous effort or exertion
a struggle to make ends meet

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