wring

verb
\ ˈriŋ How to pronounce wring (audio) \
wrung\ ˈrəŋ How to pronounce wrung (audio) \; wringing\ ˈriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce wringing (audio) \

Definition of wring

transitive verb

1 : to squeeze or twist especially so as to make dry or to extract moisture or liquid wring a towel dry
2 : to extract or obtain by or as if by twisting and compressing wring water from a towel wring a confession from the suspect
3a : to twist so as to strain or sprain into a distorted shape I could wring your neck
b : to twist together (clasped hands) as a sign of anguish
4 : to affect painfully as if by wringing : torment a tragedy that wrings the heart

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Other Words from wring

wring noun

Synonyms for wring

Synonyms

exact, extort, wrest

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Examples of wring in a Sentence

I wrung the towel and hung it up to dry. I wrung my hair and wrapped it in a towel.

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The ride-hailing c-suite will likely chalk this up as academic hand-wringing with little relevance in the real world. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber lost over $5 billion in one quarter, but don’t worry, it gets worse," 8 Aug. 2019 And despite their statuses as legendary rock hitmakers and gay icons, there was much hand-wringing over how biopics for Queen and Elton John would handle the queerness of its subjects. Gerrick D. Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "Lil Nas X came out, but has hip-hop? A macho culture faces a crossroads," 1 Aug. 2019 And despite their statuses as legendary rock hitmakers and gay icons, there was much hand-wringing over how biopics for Queen and Elton John would handle the queerness of its subjects. Los Angeles Times, "Lil Nas X came out, but has hip-hop? A macho culture faces a crossroads," 31 July 2019 For all the hand-wringing about greater regulation, there appears to be no consensus among lawmakers about a legislative remedy. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Washington lawmakers tell tech executives trust has 'run out'," 17 July 2019 There’s plenty of hand-wringing over how much the Lakers gave up to obtain Davis. New York Times, "Why Picking Second in the N.B.A. Draft Might Be a Bad Thing," 17 June 2019 Yet, for all the positive economic news, there is no shortage of hand-wringing on Wall Street about a looming recession. The Economist, "How to spot a recession," 11 June 2019 There are lots of reasons to hate holidays: traffic, awkward family reunions, expensive gifts that would wring a tear from anyone’s wallet. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A petition to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October is picking up steam," 26 July 2019 The turtles are taken from their natural habitat to become unwilling participants in a contest where the person who wrings a turtle’s neck the fastest is the winner, and the turtles are inevitably — the losers. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Snapping turtles: 5 things you need to know," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of wring

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

History and Etymology for wring

Middle English, from Old English wringan; akin to Old High German ringan to struggle, Lithuanian rengtis to bend down, Old English wyrgan to strangle — more at worry

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

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wring

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wring

: to twist and squeeze (wet cloth, hair, etc.) to remove water
: to get (something) out of someone or something with a lot of effort
: to twist and break (an animal's neck) in order to kill the animal

wring

verb
\ ˈriŋ How to pronounce wring (audio) \
wrung\ ˈrəŋ \; wringing

Kids Definition of wring

1 : to twist or press so as to squeeze out moisture Wring out your bathing suit.
2 : to get by or as if by twisting or pressing Police wrung a confession from the criminal.
3 : to twist with a forceful or violent motion He wrung the chicken's neck.
4 : to affect as if by wringing The bad news wrung our hearts.
5 : to twist (hands) together as a sign of anguish

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