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Definition of "wrestle" []

  • To contend by grappling and attempting to throw or immobilize one's opponent, especially under contest rules. (verb-intransitive)
  • To contend or struggle: wrestling with budget cuts. (verb-intransitive)
  • To strive in an effort to master something: wrestle with one's conscience. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take part in (a wrestling match). (verb-transitive)
  • To take part in a wrestling match with. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wrestle" in a sentence
  • "Herbert is afraid that the campaign will be "undermined by the usual madness," and he urges the candidates to "wrestle" -- but only metaphorically:"
  • "When big recording stars like the B-52's, Rosanne Cash and Salt-N-Pepa come together to make a benefit album, major labels wrestle for the chance to issue it, right?"
  • "But I will say that the very last time I watched Chris wrestle, which is only a few weeks ago, I made a mental note in my head when I was watching him work that he didn ` t seem to have that light in his eyes."