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wrestle

[ res-uhl ]
/ ˈrɛs əl /
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verb (used without object), wres·tled, wres·tling.
to engage in wrestling.
to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple: to wrestle with one's conscience.
verb (used with object), wres·tled, wres·tling.
noun
an act of or a bout at wrestling.
a struggle.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM wrestle

wrestler, nounoutwrestle, verb (used with object), out·wres·tled, out·wres·tling.un·wres·tled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wrestle

wrestle
/ (ˈrɛsəl) /

verb
noun
the act of wrestling
a struggle or tussle

Derived forms of wrestle

wrestler, noun

Word Origin for wrestle

Old English wræstlian; related to Middle Dutch wrastelen (Dutch worstelen), Old Norse rost current, race
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