struggle

[struhg-uhl]
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; Middle English struglen, stroglen, frequentative v. (see -le) formed on a base of obscure origin

struggler, noun
strugglingly, adverb
prestruggle, noun, verb (used without object), prestruggled, prestruggling.
unstruggling, adjective


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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struggle (ˈstrʌɡəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr; 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.  (intr) to move about strenuously so as to escape from something confining
3.  (intr) to contend, battle, or fight
4.  (intr) to go or progress with difficulty
 
n
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
 
[C14: of obscure origin]
 
'struggler
 
n
 
'struggling
 
adj
 
'strugglingly
 
adv

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struggle
late 14c., probably a frequentative form, of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests O.N. strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Du. struikelen, Ger. straucheln "to stumble." The noun is first recorded 1690s.
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Example sentences
Were he alive today in the growing digital age, he would still be struggling
  with the difference.
Hurricanes bring winds and slashing rains that flood streets, flatten homes,
  and leave survivors struggling to pick up the pieces.
But the differences could show up more strongly in adults struggling to learn a
  foreign language.
The plant's cooling system is struggling to keep up, and in the control room
  warnings chirp as the exhaust temperature rises.
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