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noun struggle pronunciation in British English /ˈstrʌɡ(ə)l/ 
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singularstruggle
pluralstruggles

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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] an attempt to do something that takes a lot of effort over a period of time
    struggle for:

    his struggle for recognition as a poet

    struggle with:

    Her struggle with the disease lasted ten years.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a fight, or a war

    There was a brief struggle, then a shot was fired.

    a group involved in armed struggle against the government

    1. a.
      an attempt to defeat someone or something, or to stop them from having power over you
      struggle against:

      the struggle against racism

      struggle for:

      her part in the struggle for democracy

      power struggle:

      Their marriage was a constant power struggle.

  3. 3
    [singular] something that takes a lot of physical or mental effort

    Foreign languages were always a struggle for him.

    It was a struggle to get up the hill in the snow.

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