Definitions for: Struggle

[n] strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
[n] an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
[n] 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"
[v] be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"
[v] make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"
[v] to exert strenuous effort against opposition; "he struggled to get free from the rope"
[v] climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Webster (1913) Definition: Strug"gle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Struggled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Struggling.] [OE. strogelen; cf. Icel. strj?ka to
stroke, to beat, to flog, Sw. stryka to stroke, to strike,
Dan. stryge, G. straucheln to stumble. Cf. Stroll.]
1. To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with
contortions of the body.

2. 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.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here,
have consecrated it [Gettysburg] far above our power
to add or detract. --Lincoln.

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

'T is wisdom to beware, And better shun the bait
than struggle in the snare. --Dryden.

Syn: To strive; contend; labor; endeavor.

Strug"gle, n.
1. A violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body;
agony; distress.

2. Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to
avert an evil. --Macaulay.

3. Contest; contention; strife.

An honest might look upon the struggle with
indifference. --Addison.

Syn: Endeavor; effort; contest; labor; difficulty.

Synonyms: battle, clamber, conflict, fight, fight, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, sputter

See Also: assail, assay, attack, attempt, attempt, bandy, battle, bear down, box, chicken fight, class struggle, class war, class warfare, climb, combat, combat, compete, contend, counterinsurgency, defend, drive, drive back, duel, duel, effort, elbow grease, endeavor, endeavor, endeavour, endeavour, engage, essay, exertion, fence, feud, feud, fight, fight back, fight down, fight off, fighting, fistfight, flounder, get back, grapple, grappling, group action, hand-to-hand struggle, insurrection, join battle, joust, joust, labor, labour, oppose, pacification, push, rebellion, rebuff, repel, repulse, revolt, rising, scramble, scuffle, scuffle, scuffle, seek, settle, skirmish, spar, strife, strive, sweat, tilt, tourney, travail, try, try, tug, tug, tug-of-war, tussle, tussle, uprising, vie, wage, war, war, warfare, wrestle, wrestle, wrestling

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