struggle ( struggles plural & 3rd person present) ( struggling present participle) ( struggled past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you struggleto do something, you try hard to do it, even though other people or things may be making it difficult for you to succeed.
They had to struggle against all kinds of adversity... V prep
Those who have lost their jobs struggle to pay their supermarket bills. V to-inf
2 n-var A struggle is a long and difficult attempt to achieve something such as freedom or political rights.
oft N prep, N to-inf
Life became a struggle for survival., ...a young lad's struggle to support his poverty-stricken family..., He is currently locked in a power struggle with his Prime Minister.
3 verb If you struggle when you are being held, you twist, kick, and move violently in order to get free.
I struggled, but he was a tall man, well-built. V
4 v-recip If two people strugglewith each other, they fight.
She screamed at him to `stop it' as they struggled on the ground... pl-n V
There were signs that she struggled with her attacker. V with n
Struggle is also a noun., n-count
He died in a struggle with prison officers less than two months after coming to Britain.
5 verb If you struggleto move yourself or to move a heavy object, you try to do it, but it is difficult.
I could see the young boy struggling to free himself... V to-inf
I struggled with my bags, desperately looking for a porter. V prep
6 verb If a person or organization is struggling, they are likely to fail in what they are doing, even though they might be trying very hard.
The company is struggling to find buyers for its new product... V to-inf
One in five young adults was struggling with everyday mathematics... V prep
By the 1960s, many shipyards were struggling. V
7 n-sing An action or activity that is a struggle is very difficult to do.
Losing weight was a terrible struggle. struggle on phrasal verb If you struggle on, you continue doing something rather than stopping, even though it is difficult.
Why should I struggle on to please my parents?... V P
The rest of the world struggles on with its perpetual problems, poverty and debt. V P with n