Simple Definition of wrest
: to pull (something) away from someone by using violent twisting movements
: to take (something) from someone with much effort
Full Definition of wrest
1 : to pull, force, or move by violent wringing or twisting movements
2 : to gain with difficulty by or as if by force, violence, or determined labor
Examples of wrest
He tried to wrest control of the company from his uncle.
<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
First Known Use of wrest
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