wrest - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

  2. 2
    formal to pull something away from someone using force
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