strug|gle1 [ `strʌgl ] verb intransitive **
1. ) to try hard to do something that you find very difficult:
He struggled a little at first, but he reads well now.
struggle for: Andy was coughing and struggling for breath.
struggle with: They've had to struggle with the painful process of modernization.
struggle to do something: She was struggling to cope with the demands of her work.
2. ) to use your strength to fight against someone or something:
She picked the child up, but he struggled and kicked.
struggle for: They struggled for possession of the gun.
a ) to try very hard to move something or move yourself somewhere:
struggle to do something: The sheep struggled to free itself.
struggle with: Foster was struggling with the door in the wind.
b ) to manage with a lot of difficulty to move yourself somewhere:
struggle into/out of etc.: She struggled into her tight jacket.
struggle free: He struggled free and ran to his car to call for help.
3. ) to try very hard to defeat someone or stop them having power over you:
struggle to do something: We have to struggle to win our freedom.
struggle for: Different factions in the movement are struggling for supremacy.
struggle against: women struggling against oppression
strug|gle 2 [ `strʌgl ] noun **
1. ) count usually singular an attempt to do something that takes a lot of effort over a period of time:
struggle for: his struggle for recognition as a poet
struggle with: Her struggle with the disease lasted ten years.
2. ) count or uncount a fight or a war:
There was a brief struggle, then a shot was fired.
a group involved in armed struggle against the government
a ) an attempt to defeat someone or something, or stop them from having power over you:
struggle against: the struggle against racism
struggle for: her part in the struggle for democracy
power struggle: Their marriage was a constant power struggle.
3. ) singular something that takes a lot of physical or mental effort:
Foreign languages were always a struggle for him.
It was a struggle to get up the hill in the snow.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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