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Noun: struggle  strú-gul
  1. An energetic attempt to achieve something
    "getting through the crowd was a real struggle";
    - battle
     
  2. An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
    "the harder the struggle the more glorious the triumph";
    - conflict, battle
     
  3. Strenuous effort
    "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
Verb: struggle  strú-gul
  1. Make a strenuous or laboured effort
    "She struggled for years to survive without welfare";
    - fight
     
  2. To exert strenuous effort against opposition
    "he struggled to get free from the rope"
     
  3. Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    - clamber, scramble, shin, shinny [N. Amer], skin, sputter
     
  4. Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
    "Militant groups are struggling for control of the country";
    - contend, fight

Derived forms: struggling, struggled, struggles

Type of: assay, attempt, climb, effort, elbow grease, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], essay, exertion, group action, seek, strive, sweat, travail, try

Encyclopedia: Struggle