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wreak

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verb \ˈrēk also ˈrek\

Simple Definition of wreak

  • : to cause (something very harmful or damaging)

Full Definition of wreak

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  avenge b :  to cause the infliction of (vengeance or punishment)

  3. 2 :  to give free play or course to (malevolent feeling)

  4. 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



WREAK Defined for Kids

wreak

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verb \ˈrēk\

Definition of wreak

wreakedwreak·ing

  1. :  to bring down as or as if punishment <The storm wreaked destruction.>




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