wrestle

verb
wres·​tle | \ ˈre-səl How to pronounce wrestle (audio) , ˈra- How to pronounce wrestle (audio) \
wrestled; wrestling\ ˈre-​sliŋ How to pronounce wrestle (audio) , ˈra-​ ; ˈre-​sᵊl-​iŋ , ˈra-​ \

Definition of wrestle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

1a : 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

wrestle

noun

Definition of wrestle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

wrestler \ ˈre-​slər How to pronounce wrestle (audio) , ˈra-​ ; ˈre-​sᵊl-​ər , ˈra-​ \ noun

Synonyms for wrestle

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of wrestle in a Sentence

Verb They'll be wrestling each other for the championship. They'll be wrestling with each other for the championship.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Large structures have to wrestle more with holding up their own weight, and structures meant to sit outdoors will contend with wind and rain. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inflatable Origami Structures Could Someday Offer Emergency Shelter," 29 Apr. 2021 Uncertain whether Rennells was reaching for a weapon under the floor mats, Kenealy tried to wrestle him away from the car, but Rennells tensed up and remained close to the car. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha police repeatedly and severely beat a man during an arrest in 2018, a federal lawsuit says," 28 Apr. 2021 Christian reached to wrestle the gun away, and Padie shot him in the head. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a group of Anchorage teens hid a 1966 murder for years — until one of them tried to become a police officer," 18 Apr. 2021 And in December, a patient wrapped a piece of clothing around an employee’s neck — requiring two other workers to wrestle the patient away. oregonlive, "20% of Oregon State Hospital nurses on leave as staff shortage intensifies: ‘Morale is very low’," 17 Apr. 2021 If the arc of this series is to make Sam Wilson into Captain America, that’s a point with which future writers will have to wrestle. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Secret Warriors," 16 Apr. 2021 Associate Justice Clarence Thomas dissented and so also had to wrestle with the technical matters in an opinion that was joined by Associate Justice Samuel Alito. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Techies give an old fashioned Supreme Court decent marks in coding case," 10 Apr. 2021 That’s something white Americans must wrestle with, as Chesnut sees it. Siva Sithraputhran, Fortune, "In a country born out of whiteness how do we talk about race?," 27 Mar. 2021 That’s something white Americans must wrestle with, as Mr. Chesnut sees it. Deepti Hajela, The Christian Science Monitor, "Are white Americans ready to talk about race and privilege?," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Furthermore, many people who are homeless wrestle with untreated medical or mental health conditions that disasters might worsen. NBC News, "Crises collide: Homeless in America when climate disaster strikes," 20 Apr. 2021 The Colts' top wrestle junior Brendan Callison (15-1) earned the 170 title. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Southern Arizona teams ready to impact boys wrestling state championships after maskless sectionals," 15 Mar. 2021 As different factions of the group wrestle with what direction the Proud Boys should take, experts said, more extreme members and influences may push the group to double down on its violent roots. Marissa J. Lang, Anchorage Daily News, "As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence," 26 Feb. 2021 As different factions of the group wrestle with what direction the Proud Boys should take, experts said, more extreme members and influences may push the group to double down on its violent roots. Washington Post, "As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence," 26 Feb. 2021 Video shows an officer wrestle McClain to the ground. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Aurora, Colorado, to hire independent police monitor after investigation into Elijah McClain's death," 23 Feb. 2021 For the first phase, the competitors, divided by gender into heats, have to jump in a pit of muddy water, search for an iconic challenge relic (the X-shaped pole from the pole-wrestle elimination), and take it to the finish line outside of the pit. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: Natural Born Killas," 4 Feb. 2021 That kind of pushback is likely to become more pronounced as states move deeper into the rollout and wrestle with difficult questions about need and short supply. Gillian Flaccus, Star Tribune, "Oregon puts debate over race in vaccine rollout to test," 27 Jan. 2021 Out on the lab’s playground where the students, puppy and undergraduate alike, roll and wrestle and woof and slobber under that Carolina blue sky. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Our Ancient Bond With Dogs," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wrestle

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wrestle

Verb

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

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The first known use of wrestle was before the 12th century

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2 May 2021

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“Wrestle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrestle. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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wrestle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wrestle

: 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

verb
wres·​tle | \ ˈre-səl How to pronounce wrestle (audio) \
wrestled; wrestling

Kids Definition of wrestle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

Other Words from wrestle

wrestler \ ˈre-​slər \ noun

wrestle

noun

Kids Definition of wrestle (Entry 2 of 2)

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