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English noun: wrestle

1. wrestle (act) the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

SamplesThey had a fierce wrestle.
We watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully.

Synonymsgrapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestling

Broader (hypernym)struggle

English verb: wrestle

1. wrestle (competition) combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force

SamplesHe wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)battle, combat

2. wrestle (communication) engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate

SamplesI wrestled with this decision for years.

ExamplesSam wants to wrestle with Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)consider, debate, deliberate, moot, turn over

3. wrestle (motion) to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

SamplesThe prisoner writhed in discomfort.
The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace.

Synonymssquirm, twist, worm, wriggle, writhe

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)wrench

4. wrestle (contact) engage in a wrestling match

SamplesThe children wrestled in the garden.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)mud-wrestle, mudwrestle

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