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Examples of wreak in a Sentence
Gangs have been wreaking mayhem in the city.
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One of the hottest and driest months of May on record may have contributed to the growth and spread of the toxic algae bloom wreaking havoc in Salem's drinking water.
But an unexpected 20 points combined from big men JaVale McGee and Jordan Bell — along with all the havoc Kevin Durant is wreaking — is mitigating the damage for Golden State.
His command was evasive early, even his good pitches wreaking havoc.
Whether stampeding drunk through St. Mark’s Square at midnight or scaring off the monkeys in the Amazon, out-of-control vacationers are wreaking havoc everywhere.
Outdoor pet cats are wreaking havoc on bird populations and feral cats are an even bigger problem.
Well, everything that Donald Trump is doing now is just wreaking havoc on everything anyway.
There is considerable fear among Israelis of a mass breach in which Gazans stream across, militants mixed in, wreaking havoc.
Beyond potential health effects, microplastic pollution is wreaking havoc on planet earth's waters, land, and wildlife.
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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
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Definition of wreak for English Language Learners
: to cause (something very harmful or damaging)
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