I. verb (wrestled; wrestling) Etymology: Middle English wrastlen, wrestlen, from Old English wrǣstlian, frequentative of wrǣstan Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to contend by grappling with and striving to trip or throw an opponent down or off balance 2. to combat an opposing tendency or force <
wrestling with his conscience
3. to engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate 4. to engage in or as if in a violent or determined struggle <
wrestling with cumbersome luggage
transitive verb 1. a. to engage in (a match, bout, or fall) in wrestling b. to wrestle with <
wrestle an alligator
2. to move, maneuver, or force with difficulty • wrestler noun II. noun Date: 1593 the action or an instance of wrestling ; struggle; especially a wrestling bout

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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