Struggle Strug"gle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Struggled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Struggling}.] [OE. strogelen; cf. Icel. strj?ka to stroke, to beat, to flog, Sw. stryka to stroke, to strike, Dan. stryge, G. straucheln to stumble. Cf. {Stroll}.] 1. To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body. [1913 Webster]

2. To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend forcibly; as, to struggle to save one's life; to struggle with the waves; to struggle with adversity. [1913 Webster]

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it [Gettysburg] far above our power to add or detract. --Lincoln. [1913 Webster]

3. To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress. [1913 Webster]

'T is wisdom to beware, And better shun the bait than struggle in the snare. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To strive; contend; labor; endeavor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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