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wrest

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verb \ˈrest\

Simple Definition of wrest

  • : to pull (something) away from someone by using violent twisting movements

  • : to take (something) from someone with much effort

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wrest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pull, force, or move by violent wringing or twisting movements

  3. 2 :  to gain with difficulty by or as if by force, violence, or determined labor

Examples of wrest in a sentence

  1. He tried to wrest control of the company from his uncle.

  2. <the boy wrested the book out of his sister's hands>



Origin of wrest

Middle English wrasten, wresten, from Old English wrǣstan; akin to Old Norse reista to bend and probably to Old English wrigian to turn — more at wry


First Known Use: before 12th century


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wrest

noun

Definition of wrest

  1. 1 :  the action of wresting :  wrench

  2. 2 archaic :  a key or wrench used for turning pins in a stringed instrument (as a piano)



14th Century

First Known Use of wrest

14th century


WREST Defined for Kids

wrest

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verb \ˈrest\

Definition of wrest for Students

wrestedwresting

  1. 1 :  to pull away by twisting or wringing <I had to wrest my shoe from the dog's mouth.>

  2. 2 :  to obtain only by great and steady effort <“For this is the day we are to conquer His Majesty the Scarecrow, and wrest from him the throne.” — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz>





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