Definitions of struggle

  1. an energetic attempt to achieve something; " getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; " he fought a battle for recognition"
  2. 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"
  3. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
  4. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; " the tribesmen fought each other"; " Siblings are always fighting"
  5. make a strenuous or labored effort; " She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; " He fought for breath"
  6. strenuous effort; " the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
  7. to exert strenuous effort against opposition; " he struggled to get free from the rope"
  8. To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
  9. 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.
  10. To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress.
  11. A violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body; agony; distress.
  12. Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avert an evil.
  13. Contest; contention; strife.
  14. A violent effort or endeavor; contest; strife; sometimes, war or battle.
  15. To put forth great effort; contend; strive.
  16. Struggler.
  17. To make great efforts with contortions of the body: to make great exertions: to contend: to labor in pain: to be in agony or distress.
  18. A violent effort with contortions of the body: great labor: agony.
  19. A violent effort; great labor; agony.
  20. To make violent efforts; contend; endeavor.
  21. A violent effort; contention.
  22. Forcible effort to obtain an object or to avoid an evil; contest; contention; agony; contortions of extreme distress.
  23. To use great efforts with twistings or coutortions of body; to strive; to contend; to labour in pain; to be in agony.
  24. To use violent efforts with twistings of the body; to use great efforts or exertions; to strive; to contend; to labour hard.
  25. Violent efforts, with twistings of the body; great efforts to attain an object or to avoid an evil; contest; contortions of extreme distress.

Usage examples for struggle

  1. I don't think Fanny was so much to blame; but her mother seemed to fancy that the new mistress of the house was not to be allowed to have her place without a struggle. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  2. But he has a struggle to keep up his position. – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. A most extraordinary struggle followed. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  4. " The struggle cannot last very long," said my father. – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  5. To struggle with the world,- that is a proud thing; to struggle alone,- there lies the doubt! – McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  6. The struggle to decide on a course for herself immediately was rising again within her, when she saw a young man turn from the street and come up the walk toward the porch. – The Reclaimers by Margaret Hill McCarter
  7. Father, it's as I said- I can't struggle on much longer. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  8. I believe a mighty struggle was going on within him, perhaps the greatest struggle of his life. – Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh by George W. Foote
  9. The struggle for victory was something awful. – A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs by Laurence Hutton
  10. He was making that horrible struggle to get back somewhere through the darkness which shut him in. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  11. It is indeed a life and death struggle. – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  12. The struggle was hard. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  13. All that was worst in her and all that was best rose to the struggle. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. She has no one except him in the world, and if he be taken from her, I cannot think how she will struggle on alone." – The Drummer's Coat by J. W. Fortescue
  15. All the world- her world and his world- would think it better that they should part; and let the struggle cost him what it would, he would teach himself to wish that it might be so- if not for his own sake, then for hers. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  16. Why should I struggle? – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  17. She made the struggle, and she found that she could not do it. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope