struggle

[struhg-uhl]

verb (used without object), strug·gled, strug·gling.

verb (used with object), strug·gled, strug·gling.

to bring, put, etc., by struggling: She struggled the heavy box into a corner.
to make (one's way) with violent effort.

noun


Nearby words

  1. structure,
  2. structured,
  3. structured programming,
  4. structureless,
  5. strudel,
  6. struggle bus,
  7. struggle for existence,
  8. strum,
  9. struma,
  10. struma lymphomatosa

Origin of struggle

1350–1400; Middle English struglen, stroglen, frequentative v. (see -le) formed on a base of obscure origin

SYNONYMS FOR struggle
1. oppose, contest, fight, conflict. 7. endeavor, exertion. 8. encounter, skirmish. Struggle, brush, clash refer to a hostile meeting of opposing persons, parties, or forces. Struggle implies vigorous bodily effort or violent exertion: a hand-to-hand struggle. A brush is a brief, but smart, and often casual combat: a brush between patrols. Clash implies a direct and sharp collision between opposing parties, efforts, interests, etc.: a clash of opinions.

Related formsstrug·gler, nounstrug·gling·ly, adverbpre·strug·gle, noun, verb (used without object), pre·strug·gled, pre·strug·gling.un·strug·gling, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for struggled

struggle

verb

(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

noun

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
Derived Formsstruggler, nounstruggling, adjectivestrugglingly, adverb

Word Origin for struggle

C14: of obscure origin

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