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wrest

 
 
pronunciation:
rest
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wrests, wresting, wrested
definition 1: to take, take away, or obtain with or as if with a forcible twist or yank.
The policeman wrested the gun from the suspect's hand.The rebels wrested power from the king.
similar words:
extract, pluck, tear, wrench
definition 2: to extract by effort and persistence.
The pioneers wrested a living from the wilderness.
similar words:
extract, pry
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act of wresting; wrench; twist.
similar words:
wrench
Homophone Note
The words wrest and rest sound alike but have different meanings.