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Definition 1: strenuous effort - [noun denoting act]

Samples where struggle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her

(struggle is a kind of ...) use of physical or mental energy; hard work

"he got an A for effort" "they managed only with great exertion"

(... is a kind of struggle ) the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

"they had a fierce wrestle" "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"

Definition 2: an energetic attempt to achieve something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where struggle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • getting through the crowd was a real struggle
  • he fought a battle for recognition

Synonyms for struggle in the sense of this definition

(struggle is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

(... is a kind of struggle ) any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups)

(... is a kind of struggle ) an unceremonious and disorganized struggle

(... is a kind of struggle ) a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances

Definition 3: an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where struggle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph
  • police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs

Synonyms for struggle in the sense of this definition

(struggle is a kind of ...) action taken by a group of people

(... is a kind of struggle ) conflict between social or economic classes (especially between the capitalist and proletariat classes)

(... is a kind of struggle ) a bitter quarrel between two parties

(... is a kind of struggle ) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

(... is a kind of struggle ) a bitter struggle for territory or power or control or rights

"a turf war erupted between street gangs" "the president's resignation was the result of a turf war with the board of directors"

(... is a kind of struggle ) any hard struggle between equally matched groups

(... is a kind of struggle ) bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension

(... is a kind of struggle ) actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency

(... is a kind of struggle ) organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

(... is a kind of struggle ) an active struggle between competing entities

"a price war" "a war of wits" "diplomatic warfare"

Definition 4: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight - [verb of competition]

Samples where struggle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the tribesmen fought each other
  • Siblings are always fighting
  • Militant groups are contending for control of the country

Synonyms for struggle in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of struggle ) carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

"Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"

(... is a kind of struggle ) fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders

(... is a kind of struggle ) engage in a tourney

(... is a kind of struggle ) carry out a feud

"The two professors have been feuding for years"

(... is a kind of struggle ) engage in a skirmish

(... is a kind of struggle ) exchange blows

(... is a kind of struggle ) fight with fencing swords

(... is a kind of struggle ) engage in a boxing match

(... is a kind of struggle ) fight with spurs

"the gamecocks were sparring"

(... is a kind of struggle ) fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters

"the drunken men started to scuffle"

(... is a kind of struggle ) engage in a wrestling match

"The children wrestled in the garden"

(... is a kind of struggle ) joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback

(... is a kind of struggle ) fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman

"In the 19th century, men often dueled over small matters"

(... is a kind of struggle ) exert full strength

"The pitcher bore down"

(... is a kind of struggle ) fight with the fists

"The man wanted to fist-fight"

(... is a kind of struggle ) engage in a conflict

"The battle over health care reform was joined"

(... is a kind of struggle ) struggle in opposition

"She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"

(... is a kind of struggle ) fight against or resist strongly

"The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don't fight it!"

(... is a kind of struggle ) get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury

"I finally settled with my old enemy"

(... is a kind of struggle ) defend oneself

(... is a kind of struggle ) battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

"The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq" "We must combat the prejudices against other races" "they battled over the budget"

(... is a kind of struggle ) make or wage war

(... is a kind of struggle ) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

"Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II" "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

(struggle implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Definition 5: to exert strenuous effort against opposition - [verb of contact]

Samples where struggle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he struggled to get free from the rope

(struggle is a kind of ...) attempt by employing effort

"we endeavor to make our customers happy"

Definition 6: climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for struggle in the sense of this definition

(struggle is a kind of ...) move with difficulty, by grasping

Samples where struggle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She struggled for years to survive without welfare
  • He fought for breath

Synonyms for struggle in the sense of this definition

(struggle is a kind of ...) make an effort or attempt

"He tried to shake off his fears" "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps" "The police attempted to stop the thief" "He sought to improve himself" "She always seeks to do good in the world"

(... is a kind of struggle ) strive and make an effort to reach a goal

"She tugged for years to make a decent living" "We have to push a little to make the deadline!" "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"

(... is a kind of struggle ) behave awkwardly; have difficulties

"She is floundering in college"

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