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English definition of “struggle”

struggle

verb (EFFORT)    /ˈstrʌɡ.l̩/
B2 [I] to experience difficulty and make a very great effort in order to do something: [+ to infinitive] The dog had been struggling to get free of the wire noose. I've been struggling to understand this article all afternoon. Fish struggle for survival when the water level drops in the lake.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy struggle along, through, out, etc. to move somewhere with great effort: He struggled along the rough road holding his son. By this time he'd managed to struggle out of bed.Slow and moving slowly [I] informal to be in danger of failing or being defeated: After the first half, United were really struggling at 1–3 down.Unsafe and insecure
(Definition of struggle verb (EFFORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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