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Struggle vs. Contend — What's the Difference?

Struggle vs. Contend — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Struggle and Contend

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Struggle

To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass
Struggled with the heavy load.
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Contend

To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle
Armies contending for control of territory.
Had to contend with long lines at the airport.
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Struggle

To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking
Struggled for years before breaking through as an actor.
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Contend

To strive in competition, as in a race; vie
Two runners contending for the lead.
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Struggle

To have difficulty or make a strenuous effort doing something
Struggled to be polite.
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Contend

To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
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Struggle

To move or progress with difficulty
Struggled up the steep slope.
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Contend

To assert or maintain
The defense contended that the evidence was inadmissible.
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Struggle

To contend or compete
"Right and wrong ... will ever continue to struggle" (Abraham Lincoln).
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Contend

(intransitive) To be in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
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Struggle

To move or place (something) with an effort
Struggled the heavy desk into the elevator.
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Contend

(intransitive) To struggle or exert oneself to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
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Struggle

The act of struggling
The rat's struggle to escape the snake's coils.
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Contend

(intransitive) To be in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
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Struggle

A strenuous effort in the face of difficulty
The struggle for civil rights.
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Contend

(intransitive) To believe (something is reasonable) and argue (for it); to advocate.
In this paper the author contends that no useful results can be obtained if this method is used.
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Struggle

Strife, contention, or combat
Armed struggle.
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Contend

Contend with: To try to cope with a difficulty or problem.
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Struggle

Something that is difficult to do or achieve
Getting him to agree will be a struggle.
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Contend

To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
For never two such kingdoms did contendWithout much fall of blood.
The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
In ambitious strength I didContend against thy valor.
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Struggle

A contortion of the body in an attempt to escape or to perform a difficult task.
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Contend

To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
You sit above, and see vain men belowContend for what you only can bestow.
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Struggle

(figurative) Strife, contention, great effort.
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Contend

To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
The question which our author would contend for.
Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.
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Struggle

To strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight (for or against), to contend.
During the centuries, the people of Ireland struggled constantly to assert their right to govern themselves.
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Contend

To struggle for; to contest.
Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.
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Struggle

To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
She struggled to escape from her assailant's grasp.
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Contend

Maintain or assert;
He contended that Communism had no future
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Struggle

To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
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Contend

Have an argument about something
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Struggle

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

To make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation;
They contested the outcome of the race
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Struggle

To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress.
'T is wisdom to beware,And better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
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Contend

Compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
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Struggle

A violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body; agony; distress.
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Contend

Come to terms or deal successfully with;
We got by on just a gallon of gas
They made do on half a loaf of bread every day
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Struggle

Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avert an evil.
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Struggle

Contest; contention; strife.
An honest might look upon the struggle with indifference.
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Struggle

An energetic attempt to achieve something;
Getting through the crowd was a real struggle
He fought a battle for recognition
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Struggle

An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals);
The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph
Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs
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Struggle

Strenuous effort;
The struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her
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Struggle

Make a strenuous or labored effort;
She struggled for years to survive without welfare
He fought for breath
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Struggle

To exert strenuous effort against opposition;
He struggled to get free from the rope
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Struggle

Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
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Struggle

Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight;
The tribesmen fought each other
Siblings are always fighting
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