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English noun: struggle

1. struggle (act) an energetic attempt to achieve something

SamplesGetting through the crowd was a real struggle.
He fought a battle for recognition.


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

Narrower (hyponym)duel, joust, scramble, scuffle, tilt

2. struggle (act) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

SamplesThe harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.
Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs.

Synonymsbattle, conflict

Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)class struggle, class war, class warfare, combat, counterinsurgency, feud, fight, fighting, insurrection, pacification, rebellion, revolt, rising, scrap, strife, tug-of-war, turf war, uprising, war, warfare

3. struggle (act) strenuous effort

SamplesThe struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her.

Broader (hypernym)effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail

Narrower (hyponym)grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestle, wrestling

English verb: struggle

1. struggle (social) make a strenuous or labored effort

SamplesShe struggled for years to survive without welfare.
He fought for breath.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)assay, attempt, essay, seek, try

Narrower (hyponym)drive, flounder, labor, labour, push, tug

2. struggle (contact) to exert strenuous effort against opposition

SamplesHe struggled to get free from the rope.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)endeavor, endeavour, strive

3. struggle (motion) climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Synonymsclamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, sputter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)climb

4. struggle (competition) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

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

Synonymscontend, fight

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)assail, attack, bandy, battle, bear down, box, chicken-fight, chickenfight, combat, defend, duel, engage, fence, feud, fight, fight back, fight back, fight down, fistfight, get back, join battle, joust, oppose, scuffle, settle, skirmish, spar, tourney, tug, tussle, wage, war, wrestle

Entailcompete, contend, vie

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