Etymology
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struggle (v.)

late 14c., of uncertain origin, probably a frequentative form with -el (3) (compare trample, wrestle), but the first element is of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests Old Norse strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Dutch struikelen, German straucheln "to stumble." Related: Struggled; struggling.

struggle (n.)

1690s, from struggle (v.).

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Definitions of struggle
1
struggle (v.)
make a strenuous or labored effort;
She struggled for years to survive without welfare
Synonyms: fight
struggle (v.)
to exert strenuous effort against opposition;
he struggled to get free from the rope
struggle (v.)
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling;
Synonyms: clamber / scramble / shin / shinny / skin / sputter
struggle (v.)
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight;
Synonyms: contend / fight
2
struggle (n.)
an energetic attempt to achieve something;
getting through the crowd was a real struggle
Synonyms: battle
struggle (n.)
an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine;
Synonyms: conflict / battle
struggle (n.)
strenuous effort;
the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her
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