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strug·gle  audio  (strgl) KEY 

VERB:
strug·gled, strug·gling, strug·gles
VERB:
intr.
  1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass: struggled with the heavy load.
  2. To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking: struggled with his math homework.
  3. To make a strenuous effort; strive: struggled to be polite.
  4. To contend or compete: "Right and wrong ... will ever continue to struggle" (Abraham Lincoln).
  5. To progress with difficulty: struggled through the novel.
VERB:
tr.
To move or place (something) with an effort: struggled the heavy desk into the elevator.
NOUN:
  1. The act of struggling.
  2. Strenuous effort; striving.
  3. Combat; strife: armed struggle.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English struglen

OTHER FORMS:
struggler(Noun), struggling·ly(Adverb)


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