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Definition of wreak verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

wreak

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//riːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wreak
BrE BrE//riːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːk//
 
he / she / it wreaks
BrE BrE//riːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːks//
 
past simple wreaked
BrE BrE//riːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːkt//
 
past participle wreaked
BrE BrE//riːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//riːkt//
 
-ing form wreaking
BrE BrE//ˈriːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːkɪŋ//
 
 
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wreak something (on somebody) (formal) to do great damage or harm to somebody/something Their policies would wreak havoc on the economy. He swore to wreak vengeance on those who had betrayed him. Word OriginOld English wrecan ‘drive (out), avenge’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wreken and German rächen; compare with wreck, and wretch.
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