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Meaning of “struggle” in the English Dictionary

"struggle" in British English

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struggleverb

uk   us   /ˈstrʌɡ.l̩/
  • struggle verb (EFFORT)

B2 [I] to ​experiencedifficulty and make a very ​greateffort in ​order to do something: [+ to infinitive] The ​dog had been struggling to get ​free of the ​wirenoose. I've been struggling tounderstand this ​article all ​afternoon. Fish struggle forsurvival when the ​waterleveldrops in the ​lake.struggle along, through, out, etc. to ​movesomewhere with ​greateffort: He struggled along the ​roughroadholding his ​son. By this ​time he'd ​managed to struggle out of ​bed. [I] informal to be in ​danger of ​failing or being ​defeated: After the first ​half, United were really struggling.

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  • struggle verb (FIGHT)

B2 [I] to ​fight, ​especially with ​yourhands: He struggled with his ​attacker who then ​ran away.C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to use a lot of ​effort to ​defeat someone, ​prevent something, or ​achieve something: For ​years she struggled with/against the ​establishment to get her ​theoriesaccepted.

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Phrasal verbs

strugglenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈstrʌɡ.l̩/
  • struggle noun [C] (EFFORT)

B2 a very ​difficulttask that you can do only by making a ​greateffort: It was a ​terrible struggle for him to ​accept her ​death. The ​people of this ​country will ​continue in ​their struggle forindependence. [+ to infinitive] She never gave up the struggle to have her ​sonfreed from ​prison. It's going to be an uphill struggle (= very ​difficult) to get ​yourideasaccepted.

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  • struggle noun [C] (FIGHT)

B2 a ​physical or ​mentalfight: a struggle with an ​armedrobber the struggle between good and ​evil Clearly there will be a power struggle within the ​company.

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(Definition of struggle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"struggle" in American English

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struggleverb [I]

 us   /ˈstrʌɡ·əl/
  • struggle verb [I] (TRY HARD)

to ​work hard to do something: We ​watchedboys on ​skateboards struggle to ​keeptheirbalance.
  • struggle verb [I] (FIGHT)

to ​fight, esp. ​physically: He struggled with his ​cousin, and his ​uncle had to ​step in to ​calm things down.
  • struggle verb [I] (MOVE)

to move with ​difficulty: She struggled out of her ​chair.

strugglenoun [C]

 us   /ˈstrʌɡ·əl/
  • struggle noun [C] (FIGHT)

a ​fight: Both men were ​arrested after ​their struggle in the ​street.
  • struggle noun [C] (TRYING HARD)

a very ​greateffort to do something: Central ​bankseverywhere are still ​fighting the struggle against ​inflation.
(Definition of struggle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"struggle" in Business English

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strugglenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈstrʌɡl/
a hard ​effort or fight to do or get something: a struggle for sth There was a struggle for ​control of the ​company.a struggle against sth The struggle against ​drugs took up much of the police's ​time and ​manpower.
something that is extremely difficult to ​achieve: We completed the ​project, but it was a struggle.a struggle to do sth It has been a struggle to make the ​businessprofitable.

struggleverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈstrʌɡl/
to ​try or fight very hard in ​order to do or get something: struggle with/against sth For ​years she struggled with the ​department to get her ​ideasaccepted. struggle for sth Women struggle for ​equalrights.
to ​find it extremely difficult to ​succeed or to ​achieve something: In the ​currentclimate many ​smallbusinesses are struggling.struggle to do sth The Government will struggle to ​achieve its ​target of 15% of electricity from ​renewables.struggle along/through The ​company may struggle along on its own but a ​merger with a ​strongercompany would be better for its ​pensionholders.
(Definition of struggle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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