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struggle

[struhg-uh l] /ˈstrʌg əl/
verb (used without object), struggled, struggling.
1.
to contend with an adversary or opposing force.
2.
to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive:
to struggle for existence.
3.
to advance with violent effort:
to struggle through the snow.
4.
(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.
verb (used with object), struggled, struggling.
5.
to bring, put, etc., by struggling:
She struggled the heavy box into a corner.
6.
to make (one's way) with violent effort.
noun
7.
the process or an act or instance of struggling.
8.
a war, fight, conflict, or contest of any kind.
9.
a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English struglen, stroglen, frequentative v. (see -le) formed on a base of obscure origin
Related forms
struggler, noun
strugglingly, adverb
prestruggle, noun, verb (used without object), prestruggled, prestruggling.
unstruggling, adjective
Synonyms
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.
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Examples for struggled
  • All their life they have struggled with this problem.
  • Thousands struggled to find refuge from the relentless battering of wind and waves.
  • Trees of many kinds arose and struggled with each other to be taller.
  • She struggled, however, and returned to what she knew best-music.
  • The tutor who struggled to teach me high-school math had stumbled across much of it on foot.
  • Nevertheless, he struggled hopefully on, and seemed to see at last some glimmering of dawn.
  • When she struggled and laughed, he but held her the more tightly.
  • All one's life, one had struggled for unity, and unity had always won.
  • Going over the experience again, long after all the great actors were dead, he struggled to see where he had blundered.
  • Higher education, never a rapid adapter, struggled to figure out how best to make use of mobile devices and new capabilities.
British Dictionary definitions for struggled

struggle

/ˈstrʌɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive; usually foll by for or against; may take an infinitive) to exert strength, energy, and force; work or strive to struggle to obtain freedom
2.
(intransitive) to move about strenuously so as to escape from something confining
3.
(intransitive) to contend, battle, or fight
4.
(intransitive) to go or progress with difficulty
noun
5.
a laboured or strenuous exertion or effort
6.
a fight or battle
7.
the act of struggling
8.
(South African) the struggle, the radical and armed opposition to apartheid, especially by the military wings of the ANC and the PAC
Derived Forms
struggler, noun
struggling, adjective
strugglingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for struggled

struggle

v.

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.

n.

1690s, from struggle (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for struggled

struggle

verb

To have difficulty winning or holding the pace; be in athletic travail: Mets struggling; Cardinals soaring/ Lendl Struggles to Win

Related Terms

bun-struggle

[1970s+ Sports; in the general sense ''strive despite difficulties,'' found by 1597]


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