wreck

noun
\ ˈrek How to pronounce wreck (audio) \

Definition of wreck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something cast up on the land by the sea especially after a shipwreck
2a : shipwreck
b : the action of wrecking or fact or state of being wrecked : destruction
c : a violent and destructive crash was injured in a car wreck
3a : a hulk or the ruins of a wrecked ship
b : the broken remains of something wrecked or otherwise ruined
c : something disabled or in a state of ruin or dilapidation the house was a wreck also : a person or animal of broken constitution, health, or spirits he's a nervous wreck

wreck

verb
wrecked; wrecking; wrecks

Definition of wreck (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cast ashore
2a : to reduce to a ruinous state by or as if by violence a country wrecked by war ambition wrecked his marriage
b : shipwreck
c : to ruin, damage, or imperil by a wreck wrecked the car
3 : bring about, wreak wreck havoc

intransitive verb

1 : to become wrecked
2 : to rob, salvage, or repair wreckage or a wreck

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Synonyms for wreck

Synonyms: Noun

ashes, debris, detritus, flotsam, remains, residue, rubble, ruins, wreckage

Synonyms: Verb

shipwreck, strand

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Examples of wreck in a Sentence

Noun

This car has never been in a wreck. The stress of her final exams made her a wreck. Dad was a nervous wreck on the day I had my surgery.

Verb

I wrecked my mother's car. Many houses were wrecked by the hurricane. The affair wrecked his marriage. Bad weather wrecked our vacation.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And a three-vehicle wreck near Cypress Creek Road at about 7:41 had closed two lanes. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Southbound I-95 at a standstill from Hillsboro Boulevard to Cypress Creek Road," 7 June 2018 The organization invited Brody, other officers and state troopers, transportation officials and parents who lost teens in wrecks to a press conference Wednesday about teen driver safety at its West Hartford offices. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "How To Keep Your Teen Driver Safe During The '100 Deadliest Days'," 31 May 2018 Busch came in 10th while Dillon got swept up in the nasty wreck and didn’t finish. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "NASCAR drivers had one thought during race: 'Get the (expletive) out of the way!'," 16 May 2018 In the summer of 2016, Earnhardt was in a small wreck while racing and suffered a concussion. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "Dale Jr.'s concussion book is already a bestseller," 27 Apr. 2018 More than one person died in a vehicle wreck involving pedestrians Tuesday morning in Fountain Hills, according to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman. Sgt. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Fatalities confirmed after car hits pedestrians in Fountain Hills," 13 Mar. 2018 The wreck occurred on lap 54 after contact between Brad Keselowski and Stenhouse near the front of the pack. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Erik Jones scores first career NASCAR Cup win in wreck fest at Daytona," 7 July 2018 The wreck occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at Little Blue Parkway and RD Mize Road, when a northbound Ford Escape making a left turn was struck by a southbound GMC Sierra. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "One person killed in wreck at Little Blue Parkway and RD Mize Road in Independence," 1 July 2018 The wreck happened around 4 p.m. Friday on Route 1 when, for unknown reasons, 44-year-old Alvin Hubbard crossed over the grassy center median and started driving the wrong direction. CBS News, "Survivor speaks out after multi-car crash kills man, 4 daughters," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For instance, a Yemeni man resettled in Serbia in 2016 has struggled to learn the local language while complaining that a Guantánamo stigma was wrecking his job and social-life prospects. New York Times, "Deported to Libya, Ex-Gitmo Detainees Vanish. Will Others Meet a Similar Fate?," 23 Apr. 2018 The out-there personalities drawn to the partying extremes of the skating lifestyle needed an outlet that wouldn't wreck their livers, and running provided it. Noah Davis, GQ, "The Future of Running Gear Looks a Lot like Streetwear," 31 Jan. 2018 Moments after Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's intimate performance of 'Shallow' wrecked our entire lives at the 2019 Oscars, Gaga picked up the award for Best Original Song. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga's Emotional Oscar Acceptance Speech to Bradley Cooper Is Everything," 25 Feb. 2019 Chilean fishermen began complaining of Type D whales wrecking havoc on their lines. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Spot Mysterious Unknown Breed of Killer Whales," 8 Mar. 2019 His party, founded just a year earlier, swept the June 2017 legislative elections, granting him a solid majority and wrecking the center-left Socialists and center-right Republicans (the country’s two traditional governing parties). Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 Fourteen Ford Anglias were wrecked in the filming of the scene where Harry and Ron crashed into the Whomping Willow. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "33 Mind-Blowing "Harry Potter" Movie Facts That'll Make You Want to Watch Them All Over Again," 31 Jan. 2019 The house in Carolina, Puerto Rico where Maria Teresa Cancél Rodriguez lived with her husband and two sons was wrecked when Hurricane Maria ravaged the island more than seven months ago. NBC News, "2,300 Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria are about to lose their FEMA housing assistance," 6 June 2018 His 2017 Lamborghini had been discovered wrecked shortly before Williams was contacted. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys add Darius Jackson to RB mix behind Ezekiel Elliott, among other roster moves," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of wreck

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wreck

Noun

Middle English wrec, wrek, borrowed from Anglo-French wrek & Medieval Latin wreccum, borrowed from Old Norse *wrek, rek, going back to *wrek-a- "something driven," derivative of Germanic *wrekan- "to drive out" — more at wreak

Verb

Middle English wrekkyd (past participle), probably derivative of wrek wreck entry 1

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wreck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wreck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a vehicle, airplane, etc., that has been badly damaged or destroyed
: a ruined or destroyed ship
US : an accident in which a car, airplane, train, etc., is badly damaged or destroyed

wreck

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wreck (Entry 2 of 2)

: to damage (something) so badly that it cannot be repaired
: to ruin or destroy (something)
: to destroy (a ship) by crashing it into something

wreck

noun
\ ˈrek How to pronounce wreck (audio) \

Kids Definition of wreck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the remains (as of a ship or vehicle) after heavy damage usually by storm, collision, or fire
2 : a person who is very tired, ill, worried, or unhappy I'm a nervous wreck.
3 : the action of damaging or destroying something A lower speed limit will reduce wrecks.
4 : something in a state of ruin The house is a wreck.

wreck

verb
wrecked; wrecking

Kids Definition of wreck (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to damage or destroy by or as if by force or violence I wrecked my car.
2 : to bring to ruin or an end Our picnic was wrecked by the rain.

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