AskDefine | Define struggle

Dictionary Definition



1 an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition" [syn: battle]
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" [syn: conflict, battle]
3 strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"


1 make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath" [syn: fight]
2 to exert strenuous effort against opposition; "he struggled to get free from the rope"
3 climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling [syn: clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, sputter]
4 be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting" [syn: fight]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. strife, contention, great effort


strife, effort
  • Afrikaans: stryd
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 掙扎, 挣扎 (zhēngzhá)
  • Czech: zápas
  • Danish: kamp (en)
  • Dutch: gevecht, strijd
  • Finnish: taistelu
  • French: lutte
  • German: Kampf
  • Greek: αγώνας
  • Hungarian: küzdelem
  • Italian: lotta
  • Japanese: 奮闘 (ふんとう, funtō)
  • Korean: 투쟁 (tujaeng)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: خه‌بات
  • Portuguese: luta
  • Russian: борьба (bor’bá)
  • Spanish: lucha
  • Swedish: kamp
  • Telugu: పోరాటం (pOraaTaM)


  1. to strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight (for or against), to contend.
    During the centuries, the people of Ireland struggled constantly to assert their right to govern themselves.


to strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight

Extensive Definition

Struggle refers to a strenuous effort or to the act of making a strenuous or labored effort.
Struggle may refer to: Struggles are mental. You are only struggling because you have thoughts in your head that are leading you to feel stressed.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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