wrestle (v.)

Old English *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest) with -el (3). Compare North Frisian wrassele, Middle Low German worstelen. Figurative sense is recorded from early 13c. Related: Wrestled; wrestling.

updated on March 16, 2016

Definitions of wrestle from WordNet
wrestle (v.)
combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force;
He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority
wrestle (v.)
engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate;
I wrestled with this decision for years
wrestle (v.)
to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling);
Synonyms: writhe / wriggle / worm / squirm / twist
wrestle (v.)
engage in a wrestling match;
The children wrestled in the garden
wrestle (n.)
the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat;
they had a fierce wrestle
Synonyms: wrestling / grapple / grappling / hand-to-hand struggle
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