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

Definition of wrestling

: a sport or contest in which two unarmed individuals struggle hand to hand with each attempting to subdue or unbalance the other

Examples of wrestling in a Sentence

My favorite sport is wrestling. He was on the wrestling team in high school.

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Gaethje was a Division I All-American wrestler at Northern Colorado and was closing his career in 2011 at the NCAA wrestling championships at the Wells Fargo Center. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Broad Street Bullies: UFC set to hit Philly for 3rd time," 29 Mar. 2019 In 2017, Luke Perry attended a professional wrestling match in Los Angeles to support the then-19-year-old Jack, per Yahoo! Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's 21-Year-Old Son Is Now a Professional Wrestler," 28 Feb. 2019 Emails show Facebook as far back as 2011 wrestling with where to draw the line on protecting users. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "U.K. Committee Rebukes Facebook in Call for Social-Media Regulation," 17 Feb. 2019 Alex Welch, Lawrence North Alex is a daily inspiration for the Wildcats wrestling team. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Sports Awards: Premier award winners for coach, team, comeback and more," 29 Apr. 2018 Graves, who will be sentenced Aug. 23, last participated on the Iowa wrestling team in the 2015-2016 season. Fox News, "Former Iowa wrestler pleads guilty to computer fraud charge," 16 Apr. 2018 Despite being down a pair of state-qualifying wrestlers due to injury, Mukwonago's wrestling team nearly knocked the four-time defending state champions from their throne. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mukwonago wrestling falls to Kaukauna in state quarterfinal dual," 9 Mar. 2018 For years, Smith’s friends tried to get him out for the Dillard wrestling team. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dillard's Calvin Smith inspires teammates and opponents on the mat," 31 Jan. 2018 Another standout outfit featured Bad Bunny’s love of wrestling. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bad Bunny Is the Goofy Fashion Heartthrob We Need Now," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of wrestling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two people try to throw, force, or pin each other to the ground


wres·​tling | \ ˈre-sliŋ How to pronounce wrestling (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two opponents wrestle each other

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