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OTHER WORDS FROM wreckun·wrecked, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wreckwreak, wreck
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What does wreck mean?
To wreck something is to destroy, ruin, or severely damage it.
It’s commonly used in the context of the destruction of physical objects, as in He wrecked the car when he hit the tree.
Nonphysical things can also be wrecked, as in Tom’s poor planning wrecked his chances of finishing his homework in time to go to baseball practice.
Wreck is also commonly used as a noun referring to something that has been destroyed or turned into a ruin, such as a building, as in All that was left of the house after the fire was a burnt wreck.
Wreck is often used figuratively to describe a person who is in bad health or who is emotionally or mentally unwell, as in Stress reduces him to a nervous wreck.
Wreck is also used in a more specific way to refer to sunken or destroyed ships, as in The diver went to the bottom of the sea to explore the wreck. The word shipwreck means the same thing.
The word wreckage refers to the remains of something that has been wrecked.
Example: I cried so much at the end of that movie that I was an emotional wreck for the rest of the day.
Where does wreck come from?
Both the noun and verb senses of wreck typically involve things being ruined, destroyed, or violently damaged—not just slightly damaged or messed up. A car wreck involves a crash that damages the car beyond repair. A wrecking ball is used to demolish buildings. When rain wrecks your plans for a day outside, it ruins them and forces you to do something else. A person who’s an emotional wreck is not OK—they’re emotional state has been greatly broken or damaged.
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How is wreck used in real life?
Wreck is commonly used as both a noun and a verb.
— Neil Abercrombie (@neilabercrombie) March 3, 2014
There are few things sadder than seeing a boy you once IDOLISED turned into a wreck of his former self.
— Victoria Finan (@victoriafinan) February 7, 2013
I'm getting old because after Godzilla wrecked the city in the new movie, I said, "Well whose taxes are gonna rise to clean this mess up?"
— Wil Herrmuth (@ItsJustOneL) May 18, 2014
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Example sentences from the Web for wreck
Even with its impressive rainy-day fund, its state budget is a wreck.State Budgets Are In Tatters. Republicans in Washington Say Too Bad|Philip Elliott|February 4, 2021|Time
Right now I’m much more casual about my hair being a wreck or whatever.The Lost Year: Exercise in quarantine, keeping a business alive, and the unusual intimacy of Zoom|Emily VanDerWerff|December 31, 2020|Vox
This one shows the percent of bottom-dwelling fish from each wreck that are roughly a certain length.Analyze This: Shipwrecks provide a home for bottom-dwelling fish|Carolyn Wilke|December 4, 2020|Science News For Students
Ultimately, the design promises to reduce the profound rotational forces that slam brain tissue into the skull during a wreck.
The wreck occurred on the opening lap as drivers were making their first moves and Grosjean’s car made contact with Daniil Kyvat’s at the third turn of the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.Romain Grosjean escapes explosion, fiery Formula One crash with minor injuries|Cindy Boren|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
Or for the first time, if you missed the glorious train-wreck that was the Sex Pistols.The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm|Legs McNeil|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Big Bird's honest reaction will emotionally wreck you in a way even The Fault in Our Stars can't.
Given such a multi-vehicle car wreck, voters have understandably tuned out and turnout is expected to be extremely low.
We love a train wreck because it makes us feel better about our own problems.From Britney to Bynes, Why Do We Love Watching Mentally Ill Celebs?|Molly Oswaks|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first car wreck that followed is a funny story about our teenage years that we truly enjoy telling.
She saw in the chair a thin, broken figure, a drawn brown face, a wreck of a man.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
An old horse, with traces hanging and harness a wreck, stands snorting beside the boy.A Lost Hero|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
The gale still lasted, and the steamer was in momentary danger of becoming a complete wreck.Uncanny Tales|Various
In passing round Cape Flinders, there appeared to be a considerable diminution in the remains of the Frederick's wreck.
Many years ago, while a clergyman on the coast of Cornwall was in the midst of his sermon, the alarm was given, A wreck!
British Dictionary definitions for wreck
- the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
- the ship so destroyed