struggle Definition

  • 1make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction
  • 2have difficulty handling or coping with
  • 3a forceful or violent effort to get free of restraint or resist attack

Using struggle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "struggle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He struggled to break free from the attacker's grasp.

  • Example

    She struggled with depression for years.

  • Example

    The country is struggling to recover from the economic crisis.

  • Example

    The struggle for civil rights continues to this day.

struggle Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for struggle

Antonyms for struggle

Idioms Using struggle

  • to fight against one's inner demons or personal struggles


    After his divorce, he struggled with his demons for years before seeking help.

  • a difficult task that requires a lot of effort and determination


    Starting a new business is always an uphill struggle.

  • difficulties and problems in life


    Despite all the struggle and strife, she managed to achieve her goals.

Phrases with struggle

  • a difficult and ongoing effort to stay alive or maintain existence


    The animals in the desert face a constant struggle for survival.

  • a situation in which two or more people or groups compete for control or influence


    The company is going through a power struggle between the CEO and the board of directors.

  • slang term used to describe a person who is having a hard time or struggling with something


    I'm on the struggle bus today, I can't seem to focus on anything.

Origins of struggle

from Middle English 'strugglen', frequentative of 'strucken', meaning 'to strike'


Summary: struggle in Brief

The term 'struggle' [ˈstrʌɡl] refers to forceful or violent efforts to break free from restraint or cope with difficulties. It can be used as a verb or noun, as in 'He struggled to break free from the attacker's grasp.' 'Struggle' extends into phrases like 'power struggle,' and idioms like 'uphill struggle,' denoting difficult tasks requiring effort and determination.

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