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strug·gle

 (strŭg′əl)
v. strug·gled, strug·gling, strug·gles
v.intr.
1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass: struggled with the heavy load.
2.
a. To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking: struggled for years before breaking through as an actor.
b. To have difficulty or make a strenuous effort doing something: struggled to be polite.
c. To move or progress with difficulty: struggled up the steep slope.
3. To contend or compete: "Right and wrong ... will ever continue to struggle" (Abraham Lincoln).
v.tr.
To move or place (something) with an effort: struggled the heavy desk into the elevator.
n.
1. The act of struggling: the rat's struggle to escape the snake's coils.
2. A strenuous effort in the face of difficulty: the struggle for civil rights.
3. Strife, contention, or combat: armed struggle.
4. Something that is difficult to do or achieve: Getting him to agree will be a struggle.

[Middle English struglen.]

strug′gler n.
strug′gling·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.struggling - engaged in a struggle to overcome especially poverty or obscurity; "a financially struggling theater"; "struggling artists"
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
Translations

struggling

[ˈstrʌglɪŋ] ADJ [artist, writer, actor] → que lucha por abrirse camino; [business, team] → en apuros

struggling

adj artist, musician, actoram Hungertuch nagend attr

struggling

[ˈstrʌglɪŋ] adj (artist, actor) → che lotta per affermarsi
References in classic literature ?
But from the strong growth of young plants produced from such seeds (as peas and beans), when sown in the midst of long grass, I suspect that the chief use of the nutriment in the seed is to favour the growth of the young seedling, whilst struggling with other plants growing vigorously all around.
He was struggling for every farthing of his share (and he could not help it, for he had only to relax his efforts, and he would not have had the money to pay his laborers' wages), while they were only struggling to be able to do their work easily and agreeably, that is to say, as they were used to doing it.
She went in with rapid steps, pausing at the door for an instant as if struggling with herself, and then ran to her mother.
He was self-educated, had taught himself German and French, and at that time was earning a meagre living by translating scientific and philosophical works for a struggling socialist publishing house in Chicago.
He was more than astonished when presently he saw the missing kite struggling as usual against the controlling cord.
This method of jamming and struggling in front of the bar was too slow for us.
Dunster had spoken all the time like a man struggling to preserve his self-control.
There is no end to this misery," she began, struggling to repel the influence by speech.
Her lips and eyelids quivered; she opened her eyes full on his for an instant, like a lovely wild animal timid and struggling under caresses, and then turned sharp round toward home again.
He heard their screams, and, hurrying round the corner, saw a couple of men struggling to drag them out of the little pony-chaise in which they had been driving, while a third with difficulty held the frightened pony's head.
There were sturdy workmen thrusting their way along, wretched, unkempt men, clothed like clerks or shopmen, struggling spasmodically; a wounded soldier my brother noticed, men dressed in the clothes of railway porters, one wretched creature in a nightshirt with a coat thrown over it.
And each class is thought of, not as trying to express an ideal, but as struggling to acquire power or maintain its position.