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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: wrest /rest/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theywrest
he/she/itwrests
present participlewresting
past tensewrested
past participlewrested
  1. 1
    mainly journalism to get land, power, or possessions from someone, usually by fighting

    Russia wrested control of the northern Caucasus in the 19th century.

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