June 06, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
struggle /ˈstrʌgəl/ verb

struggles; struggled; struggling

Woman struggling to close an umbrella
Woman struggling to close an umbrella
Learner's definition of STRUGGLE

[no object]

1 : to try very hard to do, achieve, or deal with something that is difficult or that causes problems

  • He has been struggling with the problem of how to keep good workers from leaving.

  • They struggled for the right to vote.

  • She is struggling with her health. [=she is having problems with her health]

  • They struggled against injustice.

  • I had to struggle against the impulse to laugh. [=I had to make a strong effort to keep myself from laughing]

— often followed by to + verb

  • She's struggling to survive.

  • He was struggling to breathe.

  • They have been struggling to pay their bills.

2 a : to move with difficulty or with great effort

  • She struggled up the hill through the snow.

2 b : to try to move yourself, an object, etc., by making a lot of effort

  • She struggled to lift the package by herself, but it was too heavy.

  • He struggled to get free of the wreckage.

  • She was struggling with the door. [=trying to open the door]

2 c : to fight with someone in order to get something

  • They struggled (with each other) for/over the gun. [=they fought with each other as they each tried to get the gun]

3 : to be failing : to be doing something without success

  • He's been struggling in math class for most of the year.

  • The team has continued to struggle in recent weeks.

  • He was living as a struggling artist in the city.

struggler /ˈstrʌglɚ/ noun, plural strugglers [count]

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