- 1[countable] a hard fight in which people try to obtain or achieve something, especially something that someone else does not want them to have a power/leadership struggle struggle (with somebody) (for/against something) a struggle for independence Three teams are locked in a struggle for this year's title. struggle (with somebody) (to do something) He is engaged in a bitter struggle with his rival to get control of the company. struggle (between A and B) the struggle between good and evil She will not give up her children without a struggle. Thesauruscampaignbattle struggle drive war fightThese are all words for an effort made to achieve or prevent something.campaign a series of planned activities that are intended to achieve a particular social, commercial, or political aim:the campaign for health care reform an advertising campaignbattle a competition or argument between people or groups of people trying to win power or control:She finally won her legal battle. the endless battle between man and naturestruggle a competition or argument between people or groups of people trying to win power or control:the struggle for independence the struggle between good and evilbattle or struggle?These words are very similar and in many cases you can use either word. However, battle often refers to a shorter, more direct fight. A struggle may be a longer fight against powerful forces instead of individuals or one particular problem:the battle for the Republican nomination her long struggle for recognitiondrive an organized effort by a group of people to achieve something:the drive for success a drive to reduce energy consumption a major fund drivecampaign or drive?A campaign is usually an attempt to get other people to do something, that takes place over a period of time; a drive may be a shorter or more local effort. A campaign may be larger, more formal, and more organized than a drive.war [sing.] an effort over a long period of time to get rid of or stop something bad:the war against povertyfight [sing.] the work of trying to stop or prevent something bad or achieve something good; an act of competing, especially in a sport:Workers won their fight for better benefits and higher pay.war or fight?A war is about stopping things, like drugs and crime, that everyone agrees are bad. A fight can be about achieving justice for yourself.Patterns a campaign/battle/struggle/drive/war/fight against something a campaign/battle/struggle/drive/fight for something a one-man/one-woman/personal campaign/battle/struggle/war a bitter campaign/battle/struggle/drive/war/fight to launch/embark on a campaign/battle/drive to lead/continue the campaign/battle/struggle/drive/fight to win/lose a battle/struggle/war/fight
- 2[countable] a physical fight between two people or groups of people, especially when one of them is trying to escape, or to get something from the other There were no signs of a struggle at the murder scene. After a short struggle, I managed to get the knife away from him. Thesaurusfightclash brawl struggle scuffleThese are all words for a situation in which people try to defeat each other using physical force.fight a situation in which two or more people try to defeat each other using physical force:He got into a fight with a man in the parking lot.clash (journalism) a short fight between two groups of people:Clashes broke out between police and demonstrators.brawl a noisy and violent fight involving a group of people, usually in a public place:a drunken brawl in a barstruggle a fight between two people or groups of people, especially when one of them is trying to escape, or to get something from the other:There were no signs of a struggle at the murder scene.scuffle a short and not very violent fight or struggle:He was involved in a scuffle with a photographer.Patterns a fight/clash/brawl/struggle/scuffle over something in a fight/brawl/struggle/scuffle a violent fight/clash/struggle to be in/get into/be involved in a fight/clash/brawl/scuffle a fight/clash/brawl/scuffle breaks out
- 3[singular] struggle (to do something) something that is difficult for you to do or achieve synonym effort It was a real struggle to be ready on time. They face an uphill struggle to get to the finals of the competition.