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 in a Sentence
He tried to wrest control of the company from his uncle.
the boy wrested the book out of his sister's hands
Origin and Etymology 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
WREST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wrest for English Language Learners
: to pull (something) away from someone by using violent twisting movements
: to take (something) from someone with much effort
WREST Defined for Kids
Definition of wrest for Students
1 : to pull away by twisting or wringing I had to wrest my shoe from the dog's mouth.
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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