Meaning of struggle

strug•gle

Pronunciation: (strug'ul), [key]
— v., n. -gled, -gling,
—v.i.
  1. to contend with an adversary or opposing force.
  2. to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive: to struggle for existence.
  3. to advance with violent effort: to struggle through the snow.
  4. (of athletes and competitors) to be coping with inability to perform well or to win; contend with difficulty: After struggling for the whole month of June, he suddenly caught fire and raised his batting average 30 points.
—v.t.
  1. to bring, put, etc., by struggling: She struggled the heavy box into a corner.
  2. to make (one's way) with violent effort.
—n.
  1. the process or an act or instance of struggling.
  2. a war, fight, conflict, or contest of any kind.
  3. a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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