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struggle

strug·gle

struggle

 
 
pronunciation:
struh gl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: struggled, struggles, struggling
definition 1: to resist by flailing the limbs and writhing the body.
synonyms:
battle
antonyms:
give up
similar words:
fight, flail, resist, tussle
definition 2: to contend strenuously with a difficult problem or situation.
He struggled with his math homework all night.
synonyms:
contend, grapple, strive, wrestle
similar words:
agonize, battle, cope, fight, labor, scramble, sweat, toil
definition 3: to go forward by expending great energy.
They struggled through the deep snow.
synonyms:
flounder, labor, toil
similar words:
plod, push, trudge
definition 4: to make a strong effort.
He struggled not to laugh out loud.
synonyms:
endeavor, strive
similar words:
agonize, attempt, combat, exert oneself, push, strain, try
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to place or move (something) by making a considerable effort.
The movers struggled the piano down the stairs.
synonyms:
lug, maneuver
similar words:
drag, haul, manipulate, move, shift, tug, wield
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of struggling.
synonyms:
effort, wrestle
similar words:
agony, difficulty, tussle, war
definition 2: a fight; combat; strife.
synonyms:
clash, conflict, contest, fight
similar words:
combat, rivalry, strife, tug, war
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