a sport in which two opponents struggle hand to hand in order to pin or press each other's shoulders to the mat or ground, with the style, rules, and regulations differing widely in amateur and professional matches. Compare catch-as-catch-can ( def 3 ), Greco-Roman ( def 3 ).
the act of a person who wrestles.

before 1100; Middle English; Old English wrǣstlunge. See wrestle, -ing1

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verb (used without object), wrestled, wrestling.
to engage in wrestling.
to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple: to wrestle with one's conscience.
verb (used with object), wrestled, wrestling.
to contend with in wrestling.
to force by or as if by wrestling.
to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
an act of or a bout at wrestling.
a struggle.

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
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]

wrestling (ˈrɛslɪŋ)
freestyle Graeco-Roman See sumo any of certain sports in which the contestants fight each other according to various rules governing holds and usually forbidding blows with the closed fist. The principal object is to overcome the opponent either by throwing or pinning him to the ground or by causing him to submit

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Word Origin & History

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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Wrestle definition

(Eph. 6:12). See GAMES.

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Example sentences
Fishermen drag hundreds of feet of line in a nearly weightless environment,
  wrestling for leverage and toiling against the tides.
Courts nationwide are now wrestling with the civil-liberties implications.
Elections are no more real than a wrestling show if they can help it.
However, short legs and a lower center of gravity are still selected for to
  this day on any high school wrestling team.
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