struggle

[ struhg-uhl ]
/ ˈstrʌg əl /

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

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Origin of struggle

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

SYNONYMS FOR struggle

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM struggle

strug·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 struggling

struggle
/ (ˈstrʌɡəl) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of struggle

struggler, nounstruggling, adjectivestrugglingly, adverb

Word Origin for struggle

C14: of obscure origin
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