What does struggle mean?

Definitions for struggle
ˈstrʌg əlstrug·gle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word struggle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. struggle, battlenoun

    an energetic attempt to achieve something

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

  2. conflict, struggle, battlenoun

    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. struggleverb

    strenuous effort

    "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"

  4. fight, struggleverb

    make a strenuous or labored effort

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

  5. struggleverb

    to exert strenuous effort against opposition

    "he struggled to get free from the rope"

  6. clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputterverb

    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

  7. contend, fight, struggleverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. strugglenoun

    strife, contention, great effort

  2. struggleverb

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Strugglenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    When, in the division of parties, men only strove for the first place in the prince’s favour, an honest man might look upon the struggle with indifference. Addison.

    It began and ended without any of those unnatural struggles for the chair, which have disturbed the peace of this great city. Francis Atterbury.

  2. To Struggleverb

    Etymology: Of uncertain etymology.

    No man is guilty of an act of intemperance but he might have forborn it; not without some trouble from the strugglings of the contrary habit, but still the thing was possible. South.

    In the time of Henry VIII. differences of religion tore the nation into two mighty factions, and, under the name of Papist and Protestant, struggled in her bowels with many various events. William Temple.

    I repent, like some despairing wretch,
    That boldly plunges in the frightful deep,
    Then pants, and struggles with the whirling waves;
    And catches every slender reed to save him. Smith.

    Strong virtue, like strong nature, struggles still,
    Exerts itself, and then throws off the ill. Dryden.

    ’Tis wisdom to beware
    And better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare. Dryden.

    If men struggle through as many troubles to be miserable as to be happy; my readers may be persuaded to be good. Spect.

    He struggling groans beneath the cruel hands
    Even of the clowns he feeds. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Struggleverb

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

  2. Struggleverb

    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. Struggleverb

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

  4. Strugglenoun

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

  5. Strugglenoun

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

  6. Strugglenoun

    contest; contention; strife

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Struggle

    strug′l, v.i. to make great efforts with contortions of the body: to make great exertions: to contend: to labour in pain: to be in agony or distress.—n. a violent effort with contortions of the body: great labour: agony.—n. Strugg′ler, one who struggles, strives, or contends. [Skeat explains M. E. strogelen as a weakened form of an assumed strokelen, a freq. verb, from Ice. strok-, stem of strokinn, pa.p. of strjúka, to strike; cf. Ice. strokka, to churn, also Sw. stryka, to strike.]

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of struggle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of struggle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of struggle in a Sentence

  1. Joe Bidens:

    Most Biden detractors history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that Most Biden detractors are all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear and demonization have long torn Most Biden detractors apart.

  2. Sherry Benson:

    It's been a really, really big struggle for me this time, i think people can change, but I don't see Donald Trump as the biggest conservative.

  3. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    People don't realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    In no world, whatsoever, should arresting a man for an alleged minor infraction involve a police officer putting his knee on a man's neck for nine minutes while he cries out' I can't breathe' and then goes silent, to me, to a great many of my fellow Kentuckians and to many outraged Americans, these disturbing events do not look like three isolated incidents, they look more like the latest chapter in our national struggle to make equal justice and equal protection of the law into facts of life for all Americans.

  5. Royalty TV Nick Bullen:

    His cousins don’t have police protection and they travel with ease, so people do struggle to understand where the security threat sits. And to be blunt, why should Harry have police protection paid for by the British people when he’s going to be in places that are heavily protected by police anyway?

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Translations for struggle

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  • strydAfrikaans
  • كفاح, كافح, نضال, النArabic
  • змаганне, бітва, змагацца, біцца, бой, барацьбаBelarusian
  • боря, битка, бия, борбаBulgarian
  • lluitaCatalan, Valencian
  • zápasit, boj, zápas, bitvaCzech
  • kamp, kæmpeDanish
  • tun, Kampf, durchbeißenGerman
  • αγώναςGreek
  • esforzarse con denuedo, lucha, lucharSpanish
  • پیکار, کلنجارPersian
  • kamppailla, taistelu, ponnistellaFinnish
  • lutte, combattre, s'efforcer, lutterFrench
  • sníomhIrish
  • iomairtScottish Gaelic
  • viaskodik, harcol, küzdelem, küzdHungarian
  • lotta, lottareItalian
  • 闘争, 奮闘Japanese
  • 투쟁Korean
  • خه‌بات, تێکۆشانKurdish
  • takaoraoratanga, tāruketanga, oke, hōkariri, takaoraora, tāruke, okeoke, tawhetatanga, parawhetawheta, nonoke, nonoketangaMāori
  • борба, бориMacedonian
  • gevecht, moeite hebben met, strijd, worstelen, vechtenDutch
  • streve, kjempe, slåss, sliteNorwegian
  • bój, walka, bić, bitwa, walczyćPolish
  • debater-se, luta, lutarPortuguese
  • zbate, luptaRomanian
  • битва, бороться, биться, бой, сражаться, борьба, дратьсяRussian
  • битка, boj, борба, bitka, borba, boriti, бој, боритиSerbo-Croatian
  • bitka, biť, zápas, bojovať, bojSlovak
  • borba, boriti, bojSlovene
  • kamp, kämpaSwedish
  • పోరాటంTelugu
  • mücadele etmekTurkish
  • битися, боротьба, битва, боротися, бійUkrainian

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