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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
But on the field, the 275-pound nose guard wreaks havoc for the Pirates.
Severe flooding from torrential rainfall last month wreaked havoc on schools, businesses and residences.
In this system, the doors on either end of the car wash tunnel are also computer controlled, giving hackers plenty of havoc to wreak.
Police and family members believe that at some point during his 10-block walk home, Banks came into contact with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that has been wreaking havoc across the country with drug abusers.
But what are the chances of another torrential rainstorm like the one last year that wreaked havoc on the festival's last day?
Government opponents say the post-coup purge has wreaked havoc on Turkish society.
In his freshman highlight tape (embedded below and linked here) Kinsler consistently wreaks havoc as a speed rusher off the edge.
Indeed, the U.S. has few options in dealing with North Korea: most of them expected to result in a North Korean military response that could wreak havoc on South Korea, Japan, and U.S. military assets in the region.
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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
WREAK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wreak for English Language Learners
: to cause (something very harmful or damaging)
WREAK Defined for Kids
Definition of wreak for Students
- The storm wreaked destruction.
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