Simple Definition of wreak
: to cause (something very harmful or damaging)
Examples of wreak
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
WREAK Defined for Kids
Definition of wreak
: to bring down as or as if punishment <The storm wreaked destruction.>
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