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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
Each is a pothole war zone that has recently wreaked havoc on my car.
These changes have wreaked havoc at the beginning of the teacher pipeline.
Digital titans Facebook and Google have captured the majority of advertising that once supported local journalism, Craigslist has wreaked havoc on classifieds and free news outlets have proliferated online.
For the last several years, private equity firms have wreaked havoc on the industry, destroying profitable chains by larding them up with unsustainable levels of debt.
The cold temperatures have wreaked havoc on spring activities.
This beetle, native to East Asia, has wreaked havoc in forests, nurseries, and orchards in Europe and the United States, and can attack more than 200 types of trees, Ranger says.
YouTube's automatic filters have wreaked demonetization havoc through a wide swath of video types, including those about conservative politics and LGBTQ issues.
Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northeast Nigeria for eight years, killing residents indiscriminately and kidnapping boys and girls 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
WREAK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wreak for English Language Learners
: to cause (something very harmful or damaging)
WREAK Defined for Kids
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