Definitions for wrestleˈrɛs əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wres•tleˈrɛs əl(v.; n.)-tled, -tling

  1. (v.i.)to engage in wrestling.

  2. to contend or struggle, as for mastery; grapple:

    to wrestle with one's conscience.

  3. (v.t.)to contend with in wrestling.

  4. to force by or as if by wrestling.

  5. to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.

  6. (n.)an act of or a bout at wrestling.

  7. a struggle.

Origin of wrestle:

bef. 1100; ME; OE *wrǣstlian (cf. OE wrǣstlere wrestler)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrestle, wrestling, grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle(verb)

    the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

    "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"

  2. wrestle(verb)

    combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force

    "He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority"

  3. wrestle(verb)

    engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate

    "I wrestled with this decision for years"

  4. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist(verb)

    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

    "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"

  5. wrestle(verb)

    engage in a wrestling match

    "The children wrestled in the garden"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wrestle(verb)ˈrɛs əl

    to fight by holding and pushing sb to the ground

    Police officers wrestled the gunman to the ground.

  2. wrestleˈrɛs əl

    to take part in the sport of wrestling

    He wrestles for Russia.

  3. wrestleˈrɛs əl

    to struggle to make sth work

    I've been wrestling with these spreadsheets all morning.


  1. wrestle(Noun)

    A wrestling bout.

  2. wrestle(Noun)

    A struggle.

  3. wrestle(Verb)

    To contend, with an opponent, by grappling and attempting to throw, immobilize or otherwise defeat him, depending on the specific rules of the contest

  4. wrestle(Verb)

    To struggle or strive

  5. wrestle(Verb)

    To take part in a wrestling match with someone

  6. wrestle(Verb)

    To move or lift something with difficulty

  7. wrestle(Verb)

    To throw a calf etc in order to brand it

  8. wrestle(Verb)

    To fight

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrestle(verb)

    to contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully

  2. Wrestle(verb)

    hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend

  3. Wrestle(verb)

    to wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling

  4. Wrestle(noun)

    a struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle

Anagrams of wrestle

  1. swelter

  2. welters

Translations for wrestle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to struggle physically (with someone), especially as a sport.

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