wreak


wreak

verb \ˈrēk also ˈrek\

: to cause (something very harmful or damaging)

Full Definition of WREAK

transitive verb
1
a archaic :  avenge
b :  to cause the infliction of (vengeance or punishment)
2
:  to give free play or course to (malevolent feeling)
3
:  bring about, cause <wreak havoc>

Examples of WREAK

  1. Gangs have been wreaking mayhem in the city.

Origin of WREAK

Middle English wreken, from Old English wrecan to drive, punish, avenge; akin to Old High German rehhan to avenge and perhaps to Latin urgēre to drive on, urge
First Known Use: before 12th century

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