V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to seize something by force; 2. to get something with considerable effort; 3. to twist words so that the meaning is changed
Synonyms: extort, extract, seize, wrench, snatch, yank, force, twist, spin, take
Antonyms: give, offer
Tips: When learning the meaning of the word wrest, it may be helpful to think of the related word wrestle. When you wrest something, you wrestle it away, both literally and in a figurative sense. Wrest can also be a noun, meaning "a sharp pull."
The police had to wrest the weapon from the man's hand. (seize, take, snatch)
During the attack, the military tried to wrest control of the city. (take, seize)
The politician's quote was taken out of context and wrested by the press. (twisted, spun)
In an unsuccessful coup, the chief operations officer tried to wrest control of the company by asking the board to promote him to CEO and oust the incumbent. (snatch, take)
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