- 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 struggling
There are instances in which private rehoming works out fine and is the best solution for the struggling family and the children.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
Some longtime local acquaintances are struggling to square the man they know with the ugly associations.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
Parker tells of a new Texas struggling to deal with inequality.
Parker tells of a new Texas struggling to deal with diversity.
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“Vex not thyself,” said the old dame, as she saw him struggling with his sobs.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
As long as you were poor and struggling, Marian was welcome to you.Her Father's Daughter
The Little Doctor was struggling with the lump in her throat that he should try to joke about it.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It was as if some mighty pent force were struggling for release.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
There Bob enveloped him in his arms, struggling and kicking, and put him on the horse.In the Valley
- (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 struggling
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.).