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wrest

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verb \ ˈrest \

Definition of wrest

transitive verb
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

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

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

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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

wrest Synonyms

Synonyms
corkscrew, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, extract, wring, yank
Related Words
mine, pluck, remove, take (out), withdraw
Near Antonyms
implant, insert, install, instill; cram, jam, ram, stuff, wedge

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wrest

noun

Definition of wrest

1 :the action of wresting :wrench
2 archaic :a key or wrench used for turning pins in a stringed instrument (such as a piano)

First Known Use of wrest

14th century


WREST Defined for English Language Learners

wrest

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verb

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

wrest

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verb \ ˈrest \

Definition of wrest for Students

wrested; wresting
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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