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Meaning of "wreak" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD 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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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WREAK

wreak  [riːk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WREAK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wreak is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb wreak in English.

WHAT DOES WREAK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of wreak in the English dictionary

The first definition of wreak in the dictionary is to inflict or to cause. Other definition of wreak is to express, or gratify. Wreak is also to take vengeance for.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO WREAK

PRESENT

Present
I wreak
you wreak
he/she/it wreaks
we wreak
you wreak
they wreak
Present continuous
I am wreaking
you are wreaking
he/she/it is wreaking
we are wreaking
you are wreaking
they are wreaking
Present perfect
I have wreaked
you have wreaked
he/she/it has wreaked
we have wreaked
you have wreaked
they have wreaked
Present perfect continuous
I have been wreaking
you have been wreaking
he/she/it has been wreaking
we have been wreaking
you have been wreaking
they have been wreaking
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I wreaked
you wreaked
he/she/it wreaked
we wreaked
you wreaked
they wreaked
Past continuous
I was wreaking
you were wreaking
he/she/it was wreaking
we were wreaking
you were wreaking
they were wreaking
Past perfect
I had wreaked
you had wreaked
he/she/it had wreaked
we had wreaked
you had wreaked
they had wreaked
Past perfect continuous
I had been wreaking
you had been wreaking
he/she/it had been wreaking
we had been wreaking
you had been wreaking
they had been wreaking
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will wreak
you will wreak
he/she/it will wreak
we will wreak
you will wreak
they will wreak
Future continuous
I will be wreaking
you will be wreaking
he/she/it will be wreaking
we will be wreaking
you will be wreaking
they will be wreaking
Future perfect
I will have wreaked
you will have wreaked
he/she/it will have wreaked
we will have wreaked
you will have wreaked
they will have wreaked
Future perfect continuous
I will have been wreaking
you will have been wreaking
he/she/it will have been wreaking
we will have been wreaking
you will have been wreaking
they will have been wreaking
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would wreak
you would wreak
he/she/it would wreak
we would wreak
you would wreak
they would wreak
Conditional continuous
I would be wreaking
you would be wreaking
he/she/it would be wreaking
we would be wreaking
you would be wreaking
they would be wreaking
Conditional perfect
I would have wreak
you would have wreak
he/she/it would have wreak
we would have wreak
you would have wreak
they would have wreak
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been wreaking
you would have been wreaking
he/she/it would have been wreaking
we would have been wreaking
you would have been wreaking
they would have been wreaking
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you wreak
we let´s wreak
you wreak
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to wreak
Past participle
wreaked
Present Participle
wreaking
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WREAK


antique
ænˈtiːk
boutique
buːˈtiːk
chic
ʃiːk
clique
kliːk
creek
kriːk
geek
ɡiːk
Greek
ɡriːk
Martinique
ˌmɑːtɪˈniːk
Mozambique
ˌməʊzəmˈbiːk
peak
piːk
politique
ˌpɒlɪˈtiːk
pratique
ˈprætiːk
Reg.
riːk
seek
siːk
Sikh
siːk
speak
spiːk
spec.
spiːk
technique
tɛkˈniːk
unique
juːˈniːk
week
wiːk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WREAK

wraxle
wreaker
wreakful
wreakless
wreath
wreathe
wreathen
wreather
wreathless
wreathlike
wreathy
wreck
wreckage
wrecked
wrecker
wreckfish
wreckful
wrecking
wrecking ball
wrecking bar

WORDS THAT END LIKE WREAK

break
city break
coffee break
daybreak
freak
heartbreak
jailbreak
Jesus freak
losing streak
lucky break
lunch break
make or break
make-or-break
mini-break
newsbreak
outbreak
price break
service break
streak
tax break

Synonyms and antonyms of wreak in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «WREAK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «wreak» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of wreak

Translation of «wreak» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WREAK

Find out the translation of wreak to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wreak from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wreak» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

造成 >
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

causar
570 millions of speakers

English

wreak
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बरपा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تعيث
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

сеять
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

causar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রতিহিংসা গ্রহণ করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

causer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

melampiaskan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

anrichten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

>もたらす
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

> 입히다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Wreak
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

làm cho hả
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அழிவை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मलकी करणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

çıkarmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

seminare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

siać
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

сіяти
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

se răzbuna
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

επιβάλλω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

saai
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

utlösa
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

anrette
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wreak

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WREAK»

The term «wreak» is quite widely used and occupies the 43.328 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WREAK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «wreak» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «wreak» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wreak

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WREAK»

Discover the use of wreak in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wreak and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Man + Woman = Marriage: Aka: How to Wreak Havoc Upon Your ...
This is a humorous book on marriage, showing how a guy can live with a woman,by teasing, joking, pulling pranks & small capers, to forever keeping her wondering what-in-the-heck he might do next & usually can get away with it all, as long ...
Anonymuse Curley Anonymuse, 2009
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I can't believe I just did that: how embarrassment can wreak ...
Examines the potentially destructive impact of embarrassment and shame on everyday life and personal relationships and provides helpful suggestions and practical advice on how to overcome this negative influence, eliminate feelings of self ...
David Allyn, 2004
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Panic in the Pews: Do you wreak Holy Havoc?
Lisa Bergman. Putting the kneeler to use as a stool Is what Perching Percy will do -For it seems quite obtuse Not to put it to use, When it gives him a much better view! Hope you don't sit with Quarrelsome Quincy-Each Sunday he can't 4.
Lisa Bergman
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Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, ...
To WREAK, p. a. Old preterite and part. pass, wroke and wrokvn ; now wreaked. It is likely that the word □wrought, which is only used in the past tense, is originally the preterite of -wreak. [ppa:can, Saxon ; wrtcken, Dutch; recken, German.] ...
‎1829
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A Dictionary Of The English Language: In Which The Words are ...
[from wreak] Revengcsul; angry. The coral found growing upon 'rural-ed ships and lost anchors,. Fill'd with the sehse of age, the fire of youth, A scorn of wrangling, yet a zeal for truth. Pope. And all the question, wrung/e e'er so long, Is only this, ...
Samuel Johnson, 1756
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Women Who Wreak Havoc
Women Who Wreak Havoc brings into sharp focus the disorderly female characters in plays by a number of English Renaissance dramatists, among them Chapman, Beaumont, Fletcher, Massinger, Ford, Berkeley, and Shirley, and then draws back the ...
Julie Sutherland, 2010
7
The Valley 101 Great Big Book of Life
Cry. 'Pez!' And. Wreak. Havoc. May 29, 2003 Someone just called and asked if I could get a branch library placed in their neighborhood. I'm afraid something like that would cut way too deeply into my crossword time, not to mention watching ...
Clay Thompson, 2004
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Garner's Modern American Usage
Colin Edwards, The Father of Forensics 74 (2006). reek; wreak. These homophones are occasionally confused. Reek, vb., = to give off an odor or vapor <the house reeked of gas>. Reek, n., = an odorous vapor <the reek of garlic spoiled our ...
Bryan Garner, 2009
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A Dictionary of the English Language: Intended to Exhibi ... ...
To execute ; to inflict ; to hurl or drive ; as, to wreak vengeance on an enemy. On me let death wreak all his rage. Milton. 2. To revenge. Come wreak his loss, whom bootless ye complain. Fairfax. Another's wrongs to wreak upon thyself.
Noah Webster, 1832
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The Jewish Study Bible: Jewish Publication Society Tanakh ...
For He'll avenge the blood of His servants, Wreak vengeance on His foes, And cleanse the land of His peoples' 44 Moses came, together with Hosea son of Nun , and recited all the words of this poem in the hearing of the people. 45 And when  ...
Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler, Michael A. Fishbane, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WREAK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wreak is used in the context of the following news items.
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Thunderstorms kill one, wreak havoc around Chicago
An unusual cluster of thunderstorms around Chicago killed one person and injured several others Sunday afternoon. The freak weather pattern also forced the ... «USA TODAY, Aug 15»
2
Express Scripts says costly new cholesterol drugs could 'wreak havoc'
"While these drugs are being viewed as breakthroughs, they also have the potential to wreak financial havoc on clients who do not proactively manage" their ... «Reuters, Jul 15»
3
On four continents, historic droughts wreak havoc
California's historic drought appears to be matched by severe dry spells on three other continents. Brazil, North Korea and South Africa are bearing the brunt of ... «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
4
Iran Nuclear Deal 'Will Wreak Havoc In The Middle East', Says …
The deal between the Western Nations and Iran over the latter's nuclear program “will wreak havoc in the Middle East,” Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, ... «International Business Times, Jul 15»
5
Teenage vandals wreak havoc on Klamath County city
CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Authorities say two teenage suspects are in custody following a crime spree that left thousands of dollars' worth of damages throughout the ... «The Columbian, Jul 15»
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MAP: Storms wreak havoc on trees, power lines
MAP: Storms wreak havoc on trees, power lines. TheIndyChannel.com Staff. 5:18 PM, Jul 13, 2015. 12:02 AM, Jul 14, 2015. Previous Next. A west-side ... «WRTV Indianapolis, Jul 15»
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Why We Have a Leap Second, and Why It's Unlikely to Wreak Chaos
The last time a second was added to the world's clock, websites crashed. This time should hopefully be different. By Brian Resnick · Follow on Twitter. +. (Dennis ... «National Journal, Jun 15»
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Washout: Floodwaters Wreak Havoc on Georgian Zoo
Washout: Floodwaters Wreak Havoc on Georgian Zoo. Severe flooding in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi destroyed a zoo leaving lions, tigers, jaguars and hippos ... «NBCNews.com, Jun 15»
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Trolls for hire: Why are Russians being paid to wreak havoc online?
Trolls for hire: Why are Russians being paid to wreak havoc online? Modern-day trolls don't live under bridges -- they work in ordinary buildings like this one in ... «CBC.ca, Jun 15»
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Tornadoes and record rainfall wreak havoc in northern Mexico and …
A freak tornado has ripped through a border city in northern Mexico, leaving more than a dozen people dead and many more injured. Flipping over cars and ... «euronews, May 15»

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