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Examples of wreak in a Sentence
Gangs have been wreaking mayhem in the city.
Recent Examples of wreak from the Web
That abundance of pollen in the air can wreak havoc on your sinuses, throat, nose and more.
The 40-year-old Georgia resident lives with Cushing’s syndrome, a potentially deadly condition that causes high levels of the hormone cortisol to wreak havoc on a body.
Buhari has faced increasing criticism over security concerns in the country in recent months; Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc in the northeast of the country, there are growing calls for a separatist Biafra movement in the east of the country.
Bryan displayed his ability to wreak havoc behind the line of scrimmage in 2017 with six tackles for a loss.
The Arts The would-be Banksys of the street-art collective Indecline have been doing their damndest to wreak mischief in the Trump era.
The time Ellen and Britney Spears decided to wreak havoc on a shopping mall.
From Tim Sullivan: Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz: A Type B personality with an A game To wreak so much havoc and to leave so few fingerprints was no small feat and could loom large Sunday afternoon.
The combination of glitter flecks and a peel-off mask are guaranteed to wreak havoc on your skin.
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Did You Know?
Wreak is a venerable word that first appeared in Old English as wrecan, meaning "to drive, drive out, punish, or avenge." "Wrecan" is related to a number of similar words in the Germanic languages, including Middle Dutch "wreken" ("to punish, avenge"), Old High German rehhan ("to avenge"), Old Norse "reka" ("to drive, push, or avenge"), and Gothic "wrikan" ("to persecute"). It may also be related to Latin urgēre ("to drive on, urge"), the source of the English verb "urge." In modern English, vengeance is a common object of the verb "wreak," reflecting one of its earlier uses in the sense "to take vengeance for" - as when Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus proclaims "We will solicit heaven, and move the gods / To send down Justice for to wreak our wrongs."
Origin and Etymology of wreak
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of wreak for English Language Learners
: to cause (something very harmful or damaging)
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