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Adjective: struggling  strú-gu-ling
  1. Engaged in a struggle to overcome especially poverty or obscurity
    "a financially struggling theatre"; "struggling artists"
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

See also: troubled

Type of: assay, attempt, climb, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], essay, seek, strive, try

Encyclopedia: Struggle