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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
wres•tle /ˈrɛsəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -tled, -tling, n. 
  1. to compete (with) in the sport of wrestling: [no object]He wrestled for his high school team.[+ object]She wrestled the best opponents in each school.
  2. to fight or struggle (with) by holding, throwing, or forcing an attacker to the ground: [+ object]He wrestled the mugger to the ground.[no object]They wrestled until one of them fell.
  3. to struggle (with) in order to overcome, figure out, defeat, etc.;
    contend:[no object]He wrestled with the serious problem.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or bout of wrestling.
wres•tler, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
wres•tle  (resəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -tled, -tling, n. 
  1. to engage in wrestling.
  2. to contend, as in a struggle for mastery;
    grapple:to wrestle with one's conscience.

  1. to contend with in wrestling.
  2. to force by or as if by wrestling.
  3. to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.

  1. an act of or a bout at wrestling.
  2. a struggle.
wrestler, n. 
  • bef. 1100; Middle English wrestlen, wrastlen (verb, verbal), Old English *wrǣstlian (compare Old English wrǣstlere wrestler), frequentative of wrǣstan to wrest; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German worstelen

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
wrestle /ˈrɛsəl/ vb
  1. to fight (another person) by holding, throwing, etc, without punching with the closed fist
  2. (intransitive) to participate in wrestling
  3. when intr, followed by with or against: to fight with (a person, problem, or thing): wrestle with one's conscience
  4. (transitive) to move laboriously, as with wrestling movements
  5. (transitive) US Canadian to throw (an animal) for branding
  1. the act of wrestling
  2. a struggle or tussle
Etymology: Old English wræstlian; related to Middle Dutch wrastelen (Dutch worstelen), Old Norse rost current, race

ˈwrestler n
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