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
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.
The United States, South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions.
The former Georgia secretary of state defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer who sought to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that has elected Republicans to Congress since the 1970s.
The New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi explained that wresting back control of the mosque would be hugely symbolic for the Iraqi and coalition forces, a a way to declare ISIS in Iraq essentially defeated.
Leger spent the final 30 minutes of the regular session trying to wrest control of the budget from Barras and Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie.
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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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