- Struggle is defined as to do something with difficulty.
An example of struggle is carrying a heavy load uphill for a long distance.
- to contend or fight violently with an opponent
- to make great efforts or attempts; strive; labor
- to make one's way with difficulty: to struggle through a thicket
Origin: Middle English strogelen from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to bring, put, do, etc. by struggling
- to make (one's way) with difficulty
- great effort or a series of efforts; violent exertion
- conflict; strife; contention
- struggler noun
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verb strug·gled, strug·gling, strug·gles verb, intransitive
- To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass: struggled with the heavy load.
- To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking: struggled with his math homework.
- To make a strenuous effort; strive: struggled to be polite.
- To contend or compete: “Right and wrong … will ever continue to struggle” (Abraham Lincoln).
- To progress with difficulty: struggled through the novel.
- The act of struggling.
- Strenuous effort; striving.
- Combat; strife: armed struggle.
Origin: Middle English struglen.
- strugˈgler noun
- strugˈgling·ly adverb