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wreak

[ reek ]
/ rik /
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verb (used with object)
to inflict or execute (punishment, vengeance, etc.): They wreaked havoc on the enemy.
to carry out the promptings of (one's rage, ill humor, will, desire, etc.), as on a victim or object: He wreaked his anger on the office staff.
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Idioms about wreak

    wreak havoc. See entry at wreak havoc.

Origin of wreak

First recorded before 900; Middle English wreken, Old English wrecan; cognate with German rächen “to avenge,” Old Norse reka “to drive, avenge,” Gothic wrikan “to persecute”; akin to Latin urgēre “to drive, push”

OTHER WORDS FROM wreak

wreak·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wreak

wreak , wreck
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British Dictionary definitions for wreak

wreak
/ (riːk) /

verb (tr)
to inflict (vengeance, etc) or to cause (chaos, etc)to wreak havoc on the enemy
to express, or gratify (anger, hatred, etc)
archaic to take vengeance for

Derived forms of wreak

wreaker, noun

Word Origin for wreak

Old English wrecan; related to Old Frisian wreka, Old High German rehhan (German rächen), Old Norse reka, Latin urgēre to push

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