- to contend with an adversary or opposing force.
- to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive: to struggle for existence.
- to advance with violent effort: to struggle through the snow.
- (of athletes and competitors) to be coping with inability to perform well or to win; contend with difficulty: After struggling for the whole month of June, he suddenly caught fire and raised his batting average 30 points.
- to bring, put, etc., by struggling: She struggled the heavy box into a corner.
- to make (one's way) with violent effort.
- the process or an act or instance of struggling.
- a war, fight, conflict, or contest of any kind.
- a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve.
Origin of struggle
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Examples from the Web for struggled
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She struggled to concentrate on crossword puzzles and read books, so she just watched television.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
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One male student told me about a teammate in a fraternity who struggled with an eating disorder.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
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Philæmon averted his face for a moment, and struggled hard with his feelings.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
After the captain left him, he struggled hard to unloose the cords which bound him.Brave and Bold
I remembered the object of my visit, and struggled for composure.
She struggled for a second in his arms, and received his kiss with a little laugh.Viviette
William J. Locke
Cassidy struggled with all his pride against the dominant fury this man hurled on him.Within the Law
- (intr; usually foll by for or against; may take an infinitive) to exert strength, energy, and force; work or striveto struggle to obtain freedom
- (intr) to move about strenuously so as to escape from something confining
- (intr) to contend, battle, or fight
- (intr) to go or progress with difficulty
- a laboured or strenuous exertion or effort
- a fight or battle
- the act of struggling
- the struggle Southern African the radical and armed opposition to apartheid, especially by the military wings of the ANC and the PAC
Word Origin and History for struggled
late 14c., probably a frequentative form, of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests Old Norse strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Dutch struikelen, German straucheln "to stumble." Related: Struggled; struggling.
1690s, from struggle (v.).