Wrest meaning

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Wrest is to take something by force or with considerable difficulty.

When your friend is holding very tightly onto the dollar bill in his hand and you grab and pull and tug it until you get it out of his hand and into yours, this is an example of a time when you wrest the dollar away from him.

When you have to fight a revolution in order to gain power of a country, this is an example of a time when you wrest control from the old leadership.

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To take possession of forcefully; seize or usurp.

Wrested the islands from the settlers; wrested power from the monarchy.

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To obtain or remove by pulling with twisting movements.

Wrested the book out of his hands.

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To gain or extract with persistent effort; wring.

Wrested concessions from their opponents.

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A small tuning key for the wrest pins of a stringed instrument.
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To turn or twist; esp., to pull or force away violently with a twisting motion.
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To take or extract by force; usurp; extort; wring.
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To distort or change the true meaning, purpose, use, etc. of; pervert; twist.
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The act of wresting; a twist; wrench.
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To pull or twist violently.
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To obtain by pulling or violent force.

He wrested the remote control from my grasp and changed the channel.

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(figuratively) To seize.
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(figuratively) To twist, pervert, distort.
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To tune with a wrest, or key.
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The act of wresting; a wrench or twist; distortion.

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(music) A key to tune a stringed instrument.
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A partition in a water wheel by which the form of the buckets is determined.
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Origin of wrest

  • Middle English wresten from Old English wrǣstan to twist wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English wræstan (“to twist, wrench"), from Proto-Germanic *wraistijanÄ… (cf. Old Norse reista (“to bend, twist")), from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ-. See also wry, writhe.

    From Wiktionary