- wrestle [res′əl; ] often [ ras′əl]vi.wrestled, wrestling [ME wrestlen, wrastlen < OE wræstlian, freq. of wræstan, to twist: see WREST]1. to struggle hand to hand with an opponent in an attempt to throw or force him or her to the ground without striking blows2. to struggle (with a problem, an opposing force, etc.) [to wrestle with one's conscience]3. to struggle (with) in attempting to handle, maneuver, or manipulate something [to wrestle with a canvas sail in a storm]4. to engage in the sport of wrestlingvt.1. to struggle or fight with by wrestling; wrestle with2. to move, lift, maneuver, etc. with great physical effort [to wrestle a boulder into place ]☆ 3. in the W U.S., to throw (a calf, etc.) for brandingn.1. the action of wrestling; wrestling bout2. a struggle or contestwrestlern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.