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wrestle

verb wres·tle \ ˈre-səl , ˈra- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of wrestle

wrestled; wrestling play \ˈres-liŋ, ˈras-; ˈre-sᵊl-iŋ, ˈra-\
intransitive verb
1 : to contend by grappling with and striving to trip or throw an opponent down or off balance
2 : to combat an opposing tendency or force
  • wrestling with his conscience
3 : to engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate
4 : to engage in or as if in a violent or determined struggle
  • wrestling with cumbersome luggage
transitive verb
1 a : to engage in (a match, bout, or fall) in wrestling
b : to wrestle with
  • wrestle an alligator
2 : to move, maneuver, or force with difficulty

wrestler

play \ˈre-slər, ˈra-; ˈre-sᵊl-ər, ˈra-\ noun

Examples of wrestle in a Sentence

  1. They'll be wrestling each other for the championship.

  2. They'll be wrestling with each other for the championship.

Recent Examples of wrestle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of wrestle

Middle English wrastlen, wrestlen, from Old English wrǣstlian, frequentative of wrǣstan

wrestle Synonyms

Synonyms
grapple, rassle, scuffle, tussle
Related Words
battle, clash (with), combat, contend, duel, fight, war (against); bash, batter, beat, buffet, hit, punch, slug, strike; box, spar; brawl, skirmish

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wrestle

noun

Definition of wrestle

: the action or an instance of wrestling : struggle; especially : a wrestling bout

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First Known Use of wrestle

1593


WRESTLE Defined for English Language Learners

wrestle

verb

Definition of wrestle for English Language Learners

  • : to fight (someone) by holding and pushing instead of by hitting, kicking, or punching

  • : to fight in the sport of wrestling

  • : to struggle to move, deal with, or control something


WRESTLE Defined for Kids

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wrestle

verb wres·tle \ ˈre-səl \

Definition of wrestle for Students

wrestled; wrestling
1 : to fight by grasping and attempting to turn, trip, or throw down an opponent or to prevent the opponent from being able to move
2 : to struggle to deal with
  • He's wrestling with a problem.

wrestler

\ˈre-slər\ noun

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wrestle

noun

Definition of wrestle for Students

: 2struggle 1


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