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Definition of wrestle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wrestle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈresl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈresl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wrestle
    BrE BrE//ˈresl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈresl//
     
    he / she / it wrestles
    BrE BrE//ˈreslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreslz//
     
    past simple wrestled
    BrE BrE//ˈresld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈresld//
     
    past participle wrestled
    BrE BrE//ˈresld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈresld//
     
    -ing form wrestling
    BrE BrE//ˈreslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreslɪŋ//
     
    Combat sports
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to fight somebody by holding them and trying to throw or force them to the ground, sometimes as a sport As a boy he had boxed and wrestled. wrestle with somebody Armed guards wrestled with the intruder. She tried to wrestle with her attacker. wrestle somebody (+ adv./prep.) Shoppers wrestled the raider to the ground. See related entries: Combat sports
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to struggle to deal with something that is difficult synonym battle, grapple wrestle (with) something She had spent the whole weekend wrestling with the problem. He wrestled with the controls as the plane plunged. We wrestled for hours with the problem of which job to do first. wrestle to do something She has been wrestling to raise the money all year. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin Old English, frequentative of wrǣstan ‘wrest’.
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