Synonyms of struggle


1. struggle, battle, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

usage: an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"

2. conflict, struggle, battle, group action

usage: 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. struggle, effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat

usage: strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"


1. fight, struggle, try, seek, attempt, essay, assay

usage: make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"

2. struggle, endeavor, endeavour, strive

usage: to exert strenuous effort against opposition; "he struggled to get free from the rope"

3. clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputter, climb

usage: climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

4. contend, fight, struggle

usage: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

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