wrestle

[res-uhl]
verb (used without object), wrestled, wrestling.
1.
to engage in wrestling.
2.
to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple: to wrestle with one's conscience.
verb (used with object), wrestled, wrestling.
3.
to contend with in wrestling.
4.
to force by or as if by wrestling.
5.
to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
noun
6.
an act of or a bout at wrestling.
7.
a struggle.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English wrestlen, wrastlen (v.), Old English *wrǣstlian (compare Old English wrǣstlere wrestler), frequentative of wrǣstan to wrest; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German worstelen

wrestler, noun
outwrestle, verb (used with object), outwrestled, outwrestling.
unwrestled, adjective
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wrestle (ˈrɛsəl)
 
vb (when intr, foll by with or against)
1.  to fight (another person) by holding, throwing, etc, without punching with the closed fist
2.  (intr) to participate in wrestling
3.  to fight with (a person, problem, or thing): wrestle with one's conscience
4.  (tr) to move laboriously, as with wrestling movements
5.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to throw (an animal) for branding
 
n
6.  the act of wrestling
7.  a struggle or tussle
 
[Old English wræstlian; related to Middle Dutch wrastelen (Dutch worstelen), Old Norse rost current, race]
 
'wrestler
 
n

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Word Origin & History

wrestle
O.E. *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest). Cf. N.Fris. wrassele, M.L.G. worstelen. Fig. sense is recorded from early 13c. Wrestling is attested by c.1100; meaning "sport of grappling and throwing" is attested by early 13c.
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Bible Dictionary

Wrestle definition


(Eph. 6:12). See GAMES.

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Example sentences
Of course, whatever outfit is chosen to take this on will have to wrestle with
  the universe's daunting duo-time and distance.
We wrestle with the effects every day in this part of the country.
She loves to wrestle the big dogs and they allow her to pin them occasionally.
Boys would rather play video games and wrestle, and they tend to care less if
  their teacher likes them or not.
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