- 1wreck something to damage or destroy something The building had been wrecked by the explosion. The road was littered with wrecked cars.
- 2wreck something (for somebody) to spoil something completely The weather wrecked all our plans. A serious injury nearly wrecked his career.
- 3[usually passive] wreck something to damage a ship so much that it sinks or can no longer sail The ship was wrecked off the coast of France. see also shipwreck Word Origin Middle English (as a legal term denoting wreckage washed ashore): from Anglo-Norman French wrec, from the base of Old Norse reka
BrE BrE//rek//; NAmE NAmE//rek//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wreck
BrE BrE//rek//; NAmE NAmE//rek//he / she / it wrecks
BrE BrE//reks//; NAmE NAmE//reks//past simple wrecked
BrE BrE//rekt//; NAmE NAmE//rekt//past participle wrecked
BrE BrE//rekt//; NAmE NAmE//rekt//-ing form wrecking
BrE BrE//ˈrekɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekɪŋ//