Definitions for struggleˈstrʌg əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

strug•gleˈstrʌg əl(v.; n.)-gled, -gling

  1. (v.i.)to contend vigorously with an adversary or adverse conditions.

  2. to contend resolutely with a task or problem.

  3. to make strenuous efforts; strive.

  4. to advance with great effort:

    to struggle through heavy snow.

  5. (v.t.)to bring, put, etc., by struggling.

  6. to make (one's way) with great effort.

  7. (n.)an act or instance of struggling.

  8. a war, fight, conflict, or contest of any kind.

Origin of struggle:

1350–1400; ME struglen, stroglen, freq. v. (see -le ) formed on a base of obscure orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. struggle, battle(noun)

    an energetic attempt to achieve something

    "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"

  2. conflict, struggle, battle(noun)

    an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

    "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"

  3. struggle(verb)

    strenuous effort

    "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"

  4. fight, struggle(verb)

    make a strenuous or labored effort

    "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"

  5. struggle(verb)

    to exert strenuous effort against opposition

    "he struggled to get free from the rope"

  6. clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputter(verb)

    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

  7. contend, fight, struggle(verb)

    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

    "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. struggle(verb)ˈstrʌg əl

    to try hard to do sth difficult

    He struggled to overcome his learning difficulties.; Fish are struggling for survival in the lake.

  2. struggleˈstrʌg əl

    to try hard to end or prevent sth

    to struggle against racism

  3. struggleˈstrʌg əl

    to move when this is difficult

    She struggled out from under the bed where she had hidden.

  4. struggleˈstrʌg əl

    to fight with sb

    The two men struggled, trying to grab the gun.

  5. struggleˈstrʌg əl

    to argue with sb

    rival political groups struggling for power; the family's struggle to succeed; his struggle for recognition; a power struggle within the government; The man was killed in a struggle outside the club.


  1. struggle(Noun)

    strife, contention, great effort

  2. struggle(Verb)

    to strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight (for or against), to contend.

    During the centuries, the people of Ireland struggled constantly to assert their right to govern themselves.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Struggle(verb)

    to strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body

  2. Struggle(verb)

    to use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend forcibly; as, to struggle to save one's life; to struggle with the waves; to struggle with adversity

  3. Struggle(verb)

    to labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress

  4. Struggle(noun)

    a violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body; agony; distress

  5. Struggle(noun)

    great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avert an evil

  6. Struggle(noun)

    contest; contention; strife


  1. Struggle

    Struggle is the first album released by the four-piece alternative metal music group, Nonpoint. It was released through the now defunct independent label, Jugular Records. Several of the songs were later re-used on the band's next album, Statement. The album was reissued under the title Separate Yourself: The Beginning 1997-1998 and is still available for purchase either at concerts or via the band's website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'struggle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2711

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'struggle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4009

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'struggle' in Nouns Frequency: #1040

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'struggle' in Verbs Frequency: #496

Translations for struggle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to twist violently when trying to free oneself

The child struggled in his arms.

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