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Definition of wrestle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wrestle
    he / she / it wrestles
    past simple wrestled
    -ing form wrestling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to fight someone 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. wrestle somebody (+ adv./prep.) Officers wrestled the gunman to the ground.
  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. wrestle to do something She has been wrestling to raise the money all year.
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