Definition of wrestle
wrestlingplay \ˈres-liŋ, ˈras-; ˈre-səl-iŋ, ˈra-\
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
1a : to engage in (a match, bout, or fall) in wrestlingb : to wrestle with wrestle an alligator
2 : to move, maneuver, or force with difficulty
wrestlerplay \ˈre-slər, ˈra-; ˈre-səl-ər, ˈra-\ noun
Examples of wrestle in a Sentence
They'll be wrestling each other for the championship.
They'll be wrestling with each other for the championship.
Origin and Etymology of wrestle
Middle English wrastlen, wrestlen, from Old English wrǣstlian, frequentative of wrǣstan
First Known Use: before 12th century
First Known Use of wrestle
WRESTLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of wrestle for Students
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.
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