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Definition of struggle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    struggle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈstrʌɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌɡl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they struggle
    BrE BrE//ˈstrʌɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌɡl//
     
    he / she / it struggles
    BrE BrE//ˈstrʌɡlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌɡlz//
     
    past simple struggled
    BrE BrE//ˈstrʌɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌɡld//
     
    past participle struggled
    BrE BrE//ˈstrʌɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌɡld//
     
    -ing form struggling
    BrE BrE//ˈstrʌɡlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrʌɡlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to try very hard to do something when it is difficult or when there are a lot of problems struggle (for something) a country struggling for independence Shona struggled for breath. life as a struggling artist (= one who is very poor) struggle to do something They struggled just to pay their bills. She struggled for 10 years to achieve success as an actress.
  2. 2  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to move somewhere or do something with difficulty I struggled up the hill with the heavy bags. Paul struggled out of his wheelchair. She had to struggle into the tight dress.
  3. 3  [intransitive] to fight against somebody/something in order to prevent a bad situation or result struggle (against somebody/something) He struggled against cancer for two years. struggle (with somebody/something) Lisa struggled with her conscience before talking to the police.
  4. 4  [intransitive] to fight somebody or try to get away from them I struggled and screamed for help. struggle together Ben and Jack struggled together on the grass. struggle with somebody James was hit in the mouth as he struggled with the raiders. + adj. How did she manage to struggle free?
  5. 5[intransitive] struggle (with somebody) (for something) to compete or argue with somebody, especially in order to get something rival leaders struggling for power
  6. Word Origin late Middle English: frequentative, perhaps of imitative origin. The noun dates from the late 17th cent.Extra examples For years, she struggled to make ends meet. He struggled desperately to get to the shore. He struggled hard to keep the boat upright. He was hit in the mouth as he struggled with the raiders. He was really struggling in geometry. I was unemployed and struggling financially. I’m really struggling with this essay. She struggled against her attacker. She struggled furiously but could not get away. She struggled on despite the pain. She struggled to her feet and set off after him. Shona struggled for breath. The attacker’s victim managed to struggle free. The family struggled through the next few years. The small boat struggled against the waves. The team struggled badly last season. They struggled up the hill. How did she manage to struggle free? The firms are struggling for market share. The general tone of the work is about humanity struggling against all odds. The president and the parliament are struggling for power. The two men struggled for control of the party. They had struggled valiantly to keep the railway operating. We should all struggle against injustice. Phrasal Verbsstruggle on
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