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[res-uh l] /ˈrɛs əl/
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.
Origin of wrestle
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
Related forms
wrestler, noun
outwrestle, verb (used with object), outwrestled, outwrestling.
unwrestled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wrestle
  • 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.
  • It took several minutes to wrestle myself back together.
  • If you are going to wrestle and worry about these issues, then change your policy and allow for makeups.
  • In his baggy shirts and summer shorts, with his heavy arms hanging wide, he looks as if he could wrestle down a cow.
  • Anyone trying to arrive at a historical ranking must wrestle with certain questions.
  • But if you can't wrestle those ideas down to some specific calculations, your colleagues aren't going to be all that impressed.
  • As countries wrestle with those problems, realities often differ less than theories do.
British Dictionary definitions for wrestle


to fight (another person) by holding, throwing, etc, without punching with the closed fist
(intransitive) to participate in wrestling
when intr, foll by with or against. to fight with (a person, problem, or thing): wrestle with one's conscience
(transitive) to move laboriously, as with wrestling movements
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to throw (an animal) for branding
the act of wrestling
a struggle or tussle
Derived Forms
wrestler, noun
Word Origin
Old English wræstlian; related to Middle Dutch wrastelen (Dutch worstelen), Old Norse rost current, race
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Word Origin and History for wrestle

Old English *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest). Cf. North Frisian wrassele, Middle Low German worstelen. Figurative sense is recorded from early 13c. Related: Wrestled; wrestling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wrestle in the Bible

(Eph. 6:12). See GAMES.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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