Synonyms of struggle in English:


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1‘they struggled to make sense of the words’


strive, try hard, endeavour, make every effort, spare no effort, exert oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, battle, labour, toil, strain, bend over backwards, put oneself out

informal go all out, give it one's best shot, put one's back into it, plug away, peg away

British informal graft

formal essay

2‘James was hit in the mouth as he struggled with the raiders’


fight, grapple, wrestle, scuffle, brawl, spar, exchange blows, come to blows

informal scrap

Scottish informal swedge

3‘research teams struggle to be first to the finish’


compete, contend, contest, vie, fight, battle, clash, wrangle, jockey, lock horns, cross swords, war, wage war, feud

4‘she struggled over the dunes’


scramble, flounder, stumble

make one's way with difficulty, drag oneself, battle one's way, fight one's way, battle, labour


1‘the continuing struggle for justice’


endeavour, striving, effort, exertion, labour, work, toiling, pains

campaign, battle, crusade, drive, push, movement

British informal graft

2‘we were able to apprehend the gang without a struggle’


fight, scuffle, brawl, tussle, wrestling match, sparring match, wrestling bout, bout, skirmish, fracas, melee, affray, encounter, disturbance, breach of the peace

informal scrap, barney, set-to, dust-up, punch-up, ruction, free-for-all, argy-bargy

British informal bust-up, ding-dong

Scottish informal swedge

3‘a third of the population perished in the struggle’


conflict, fight, battle, armed conflict, combat, confrontation, clash, skirmish, encounter, engagement

hostilities, fighting, war, warfare, campaign, crusade

4‘an unresolved struggle within the leadership’


contest, competition, battle, fight, clash, feud

contention, vying, rivalry, strife, friction, feuding, conflict

5‘life has been a struggle for me’


effort, labour, problem, trial, trouble, stress, strain, bother, battle

informal grind, hassle, pain