wrest

  • 1 Wrest — Wrest, n. 1. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. Active or moving power. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music. [1913 Webster] The… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Wrest — Wrest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wrested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wresting}.] [OE. wresten, AS. wr?stan; akin to wr?? a twisted band, and wr[=i]?n to twist. See {Writhe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence; to pull of …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 wrest´er — wrest «rehst», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to twist, pull, or tear away with force; wrench away: »After much pulling and tugging he wrested the stick from the jaws of the dog. 2. to take by force: »The nobles wrested the power from the king. 3.… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 4 wrest — [rest] v [T always + adverb/preposition] [: Old English; Origin: wrAstan] 1.) formal to take power or influence away from someone, especially when this is difficult ▪ They are fighting to wrest control of the party from the old leaders. 2.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 wrest — wrest; wrest·er; turn·wrest; …

    English syllables

  • 6 wrest — index contort, deprive, exact, extort, levy, seize (confiscate), sequester (seize property), slant …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 wrest — [ rest ] verb transitive 1. ) MAINLY JOURNALISM to get land, power, or possessions from someone, usually by fighting: Russia wrested control of the northern Caucasus in the 19th century. 2. ) FORMAL to pull something away from someone using force …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 wrest — (v.) O.E. wræstan to twist, wrench, from P.Gmc. *wraistijanan (Cf. O.N. reista to bend, twist ), derivative of *wrig , *wreik to turn (see WRY (Cf. wry)). Meaning to pull, detach (something) is recorded from c.1300. Meaning to take by force (in… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 wrest — vb *wrench, wring Analogous words: twist, bend (see CURVE): usurp, *arrogate, confiscate: extort, extract, elicit (see EDUCE): distort, contort (see DEFORM) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 wrest — ► VERB 1) forcibly pull from a person s grasp. 2) take (power or control) after effort or resistance. ORIGIN Old English, «twist, tighten»; related to WRIST(Cf. ↑wrist) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 wrest — [rest] vt. [ME wresten < OE wræstan, to twist violently, akin to ON reista < IE base * wer , to turn, bend, twist > WRITHE] 1. to turn or twist; esp., to pull or force away violently with a twisting motion 2. to take or extract by force; …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 wrest — [[t]re̱st[/t]] wrests, wresting, wrested 1) VERB If you wrest something from someone else, you take it from them, especially when this is difficult or illegal. [JOURNALISM or, LITERARY] [V n from n] For the past year he has been trying to wrest… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 wrest — v. (d; tr.) to wrest from (to wrest power from a dictator) * * * [rest] (d; tr.) to wrest from (to wrest power from a dictator) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 wrest — v. & n. v.tr. 1 force or wrench away from a person s grasp. 2 (foll. by from) obtain by effort or with difficulty. 3 distort into accordance with one s interests or views (wrest the law to suit themselves). n. archaic a key for tuning a harp or… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 wrest — wrester, n. /rest/, v.t. 1. to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist. 2. to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child. 3. to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil. 4. to twist or turn from the proper course,… …

    Universalium

  • 16 wrest — UK [rest] / US verb [transitive] Word forms wrest : present tense I/you/we/they wrest he/she/it wrests present participle wresting past tense wrested past participle wrested 1) mainly journalism to get land, power, or possessions from someone,… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 wrest — [[t]rɛst[/t]] v. t. 1) to pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist 2) to take away by force 3) to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil[/ex] 4) to twist or turn from the proper course, meaning, etc.; wrench 5) a wresting; twist or wrench… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 wrest — verb /rɛst/ a) To pull or twist violently. There was one of the tribe of Tarzan who questioned his authority, and that was Terkoz, the son of Tublat, but he so feared the keen knife and the deadly arrows of his new lord that he confined the… …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 wrest — verb Wrest is used with these nouns as the object: ↑control …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 wrest — Synonyms and related words: anamorphism, anamorphosis, arrogate, asymmetry, avulse, badger, bend, blackmail, buckle, claim, color, confiscate, confuse, contort, contortion, crook, crookedness, crumple, cut out, demand, deracinate, detorsion,… …

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