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STRUGGLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does struggle mean? 

STRUGGLE (noun)
  The noun STRUGGLE has 3 senses:

1. an energetic attempt to achieve something
2. an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
3. strenuous effort

  Familiarity information: STRUGGLE used as a noun is uncommon.


STRUGGLE (verb)
  The verb STRUGGLE has 4 senses:

1. make a strenuous or labored effort
2. to exert strenuous effort against opposition
3. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
4. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

  Familiarity information: STRUGGLE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STRUGGLE (noun)


Sense 1struggle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An energetic attempt to achieve something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

struggle; battle

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("struggle" is a kind of...):

attempt; effort; endeavor; endeavour; try (earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "struggle"):

duel (any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups))

scramble; scuffle (an unceremonious and disorganized struggle)

joust; tilt (a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances)


Sense 2struggle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

conflict; struggle; battle

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("struggle" is a kind of...):

group action (action taken by a group of people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "struggle"):

war; warfare (an active struggle between competing entities)

feud (a bitter quarrel between two parties)

combat; fight; fighting; scrap (the act of fighting; any contest or struggle)

turf war (a bitter struggle for territory or power or control or rights)

tug-of-war (any hard struggle between equally matched groups)

strife (bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension)

counterinsurgency; pacification (actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency)

insurrection; rebellion; revolt; rising; uprising (organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another)

class struggle; class war; class warfare (conflict between social or economic classes (especially between the capitalist and proletariat classes))


Sense 3struggle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strenuous effort

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her

Hypernyms ("struggle" is a kind of...):

effort; elbow grease; exertion; sweat; travail (use of physical or mental energy; hard work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "struggle"):

grapple; grappling; hand-to-hand struggle; wrestle; wrestling (the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat)


STRUGGLE (verb)


Sense 1struggle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a strenuous or labored effort

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

struggle; fight

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "struggle" is one way to...):

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "struggle"):

drive; labor; labour; push; tug (strive and make an effort to reach a goal)

flounder (behave awkwardly; have difficulties)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2struggle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To exert strenuous effort against opposition

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

he struggled to get free from the rope

Hypernyms (to "struggle" is one way to...):

endeavor; endeavour; strive (attempt by employing effort)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3struggle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

clamber; shin; shinny; skin; scramble; sputter; struggle

Hypernyms (to "struggle" is one way to...):

climb (move with difficulty, by grasping)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4struggle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fight; struggle; contend

Context examples:

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

"Struggle" entails doing...:

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "struggle"):

tourney (engage in a tourney)

feud (carry out a feud)

skirmish (engage in a skirmish)

bandy (exchange blows)

fence (fight with fencing swords)

box (engage in a boxing match)

spar (fight with spurs)

scuffle; tussle (fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters)

wrestle (engage in a wrestling match)

engage; wage (carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns))

chicken-fight; chickenfight (fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders)

joust (joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback)

duel (fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman)

bear down (exert full strength)

fistfight (fight with the fists)

join battle (engage in a conflict)

tug (struggle in opposition)

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

get back; settle (get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury)

fight back (defend oneself)

battle; combat (battle or contend against in or as if in a battle)

war (make or wage war)

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP


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