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struggle

Syllabification: strug·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈstrəɡəl
 
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Definition of struggle in English:

verb

[no object]
1Make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction: before she could struggle, he lifted her up [with infinitive]: he struggled to break free
More example sentences
  • Alarmed, Darlene lurched forward, struggling to break free, but it was no use.
  • Kicking and thrashing, Jennifer desperately struggled to break free.
  • He struggled to break free, and the pair stumbled across the room and up against the bureau.
Synonyms
1.1Strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance: [with infinitive]: many families struggle to make ends meet new authors are struggling in the present climate
More example sentences
  • Most of their batsmen are still struggling to cope with the New Zealand pace attack.
  • He was struggling mightily at the plate in the play-offs and appeared out of sorts.
  • The US $183 million Yankees are struggling mightily at the plate, leaving their fans restless.
Synonyms
strive, try hard, endeavor, make every effort, do one's best/utmost, bend over backward(s), put oneself out
informal go all out, give it one's best shot
formal essay
1.2 (struggle with) Have difficulty handling or coping with: passengers struggle with bags and briefcases
More example sentences
  • In light of this, it was a shame to learn that the resort is struggling with financial difficulties.
  • Nevertheless, even she struggled with some of the difficulties posed by the system.
  • She struggled with the handle before swinging the door open, diving in and slamming it shut again.
1.3Engage in conflict: politicians continued to struggle over familiar issues
More example sentences
  • This shift in rodeo queen criteria did not sit well with women who struggled to continue competing in rodeo.
  • Mass marketers continue to struggle against thick competition from department store and specialty brands.
  • Retailers continuing to struggle amidst intense competition, a slowing economy and low inflation.
Synonyms
compete, contend, vie, fight, battle, jockey
1.4Make one’s way with difficulty: he struggled to the summit of the world’s highest mountain
Synonyms
scramble, flounder, stumble, fight/battle one's way, labor

noun

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1A forceful or violent effort to get free of restraint or resist attack.
Example sentences
  • Ambulance chiefs today condemned a teenager who assaulted a senior paramedic and a policeman during a violent struggle in York.
  • In a violent struggle, Bourgass stabbed police officer Stephen Oake to death and wounded three others as he tried to escape.
  • America's wars and violent struggles are always fought with goals of preventing future terror attacks and saving lives.
Synonyms
fight, scuffle, brawl, tussle, wrestling bout, skirmish, fracas, melee;
informal scrap
1.1A conflict or contest: a power struggle for the leadership with a struggle, she pulled the stroller up the slope
More example sentences
  • For Abbas, representations are always at the centre of power conflicts and expressive struggles.
  • Many on the left see moral arguments as a smokescreen over the real conflict - the struggle over who gets what.
  • It is these worlds they want to shape, these struggles they want to engage.
Synonyms
deathmatch
contest, competition, fight, clash;
rivalry, friction, feuding, conflict, tug-of-war, turf war
1.2A determined effort under difficulties: the center is the result of the scientists' struggle to realize their dream
More example sentences
  • At the same time, their determined struggle against adversity is a source of inspiration for all of us.
  • This would, however, require a determined struggle, relying on Senate filibusters and similar tactics.
  • Social reforms alongside a determined struggle for liberation will lead us towards democracy and independence.
Synonyms
endeavor, striving, effort, exertion, labor;
campaign, battle, crusade, drive, push
1.3A very difficult task: it was a struggle to make herself understood
More example sentences
  • And such struggles become difficult if not impossible when workers do not have a minimum security of tenure.
  • I think it's going to be a difficult struggle, definitely.
  • It has been a difficult struggle for a group which began life without two farthings to rub together.
Synonyms
effort, trial, trouble, stress, strain, battle
informal grind, hassle

Origin

late Middle English: frequentative, perhaps of imitative origin. The noun dates from the late 17th century.

Phrases

the struggle for existence (or life)

1
The competition between organisms, especially as an element in natural selection, or between people seeking a livelihood.
Example sentences
  • War was natural among humans because it was an instance of the struggle for existence.
  • Nature, in Darwin's view, did the same thing through the struggle for existence: he called it ‘natural selection.’
  • Once again the magic words ‘natural selection’ do not appear, but the struggle for existence with the stronger winning is very clear.

Derivatives

struggler

1
Pronunciation: /ˈstrəɡ(ə)lər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Dunnington improved their survival chances after beating fellow strugglers Huntington 6-3.
  • Goole find themselves back in the danger zone after their 2-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Glasshoughton.
  • The old cliche, ‘a game of two halves,’ describes this one between Bury and strugglers Blackpool perfectly.

Words that rhyme with struggle

juggle, smuggle, snuggle

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