- The definition of a wrestle is a sports contest between two opponents who try to force each other onto a mat.
An example of a wrestle a sporting match between two players who try to pin each other to a mat.
- Wrestle is defined as to struggle, fight or take part in a sport where two opponents struggle with each other to force and pin the other to a mat or to the ground.
An example of wrestle is two friends struggling with each other around in a field of grass.
- to struggle hand to hand with an opponent in an attempt to throw or force him or her to the ground without striking blows
- to struggle (with a problem, an opposing force, etc.): to wrestle with one's conscience
- to struggle (with) in attempting to handle, maneuver, or manipulate something: to wrestle with a canvas sail in a storm
- to engage in the sport of wrestling
Origin: Middle English wrestlen, wrastlen from Old English wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan, to twist: see wrest
- to struggle or fight with by wrestling; wrestle with
- to move, lift, maneuver, etc. with great physical effort: to wrestle a boulder into place
- ☆ in the W U.S., to throw (a calf, etc.) for branding
- the action of wrestling; wrestling bout
- a struggle or contest
- wrestler noun
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verb wres·tled, wres·tling, wres·tles verb, intransitive
- To contend by grappling and attempting to throw or immobilize one's opponent, especially under contest rules.
- To contend or struggle: wrestling with budget cuts.
- To strive in an effort to master something: wrestle with one's conscience.
- a. To take part in (a wrestling match).b. To take part in a wrestling match with.
- To move or lift with great effort and force: wrestled the piano up the stairs.
- To throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
- The act or a bout of wrestling.
- A struggle.
Origin: Middle English wrestlen, from Old English *wrǣstlian, frequentative of wrǣstan, to twist; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- wresˈtler noun