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
Recent Examples of wrest from the Web
There was perhaps no other way to wrest Iraq’s second-largest city away from Islamic State militants who, since June 2014, had dug in and built up their defenses for whenever Iraqi forces would begin the fight to take it back.
Rival Democrats could use the case to try to wrest the progressive mantle from Bernie Sanders, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination yet refuses to join the Democratic Party.
Blount, a U.S. Senator for Tennessee, had been deeply involved in a madcap and unlikely scheme to help the British wrest control of parts of Florida and Louisiana from the Spanish.
Analysts say Mr. Kim's government believes nuclear weapons are key to its own survival and could be used to wrest concessions from the US.
The son of Imperialism wrested the lead from pacesetter Awesome Banner at the head of the stretch and was unchallenged going under the wire in 1:09.23 in the 6-furlong race.
Spain eventually wrested Florida from Britain and French troops fought shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans at Yorktown, effectively ending the conflict.
Bermuda Emirates Team New Zealand won the America’s Cup on Monday, wresting control of the nearly 166-year-old sailing trophy from Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA and dealing a blow to the Silicon Valley tycoon’s revamp of the competition.
As early as 1895, one of the Studebakers’ sons-in-law, Frederick Fish, was making plans to enter the automotive industry, while Billy Durant used his financial leverage to wrest control of Buick from the Flint Wagon Works in 1904.
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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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