Wreck meaning

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The definition of a wreck is something that has been destroyed, or a person who is upset or in poor health.

A car that has been crashed or a ship that has sunk is an example of a wreck.

A person who is disheveled, disorganized and in a sorry state is an example of a wreck.

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To wreck is to destroy something or cause it to be destroyed.

When you cause a car to crash and be destroyed, this is an example of a situation where you wreck the car.

When you cause a relationship to fall apart and be destroyed, this is an example of a situation where you wreck the relationship.

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The act of destroying or the state of being destroyed; destruction.
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To cause the destruction of in a collision.

Wrecked the car by hitting a tree.

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To suffer destruction or ruin; become wrecked.

A ship that wrecked on the rocks.

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To tear down or dismantle (a building, etc.)
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To work as a wrecker.
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To dismantle or raze; tear down.
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To cause to undergo ruin or disaster.

An argument that wrecked their friendship.

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To work as a wrecker.
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Goods or wreckage cast ashore after a shipwreck.
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The remains of anything, often, specif., a motor vehicle, that has been destroyed or badly damaged.
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A person who is physically in very poor health or emotionally upset or exhausted.
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A wrecking or being wrecked; destruction; ruin.
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To destroy or damage badly.
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To bring to ruin or disaster; overthrow; thwart; defeat.
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To destroy the health, or physical or mental soundness, of.
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To be wrecked.
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Something or someone that has been ruined.

He was an emotional wreck after the death of his wife.

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The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
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An event in which something is damaged through collision.
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(law) Goods, etc. cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck.

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To cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless.

He wrecked the car in a collision.

That adulterous hussy wrecked my marriage!

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To ruin or dilapidate.
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To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts. (Australia)
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To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
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Origin of wreck

  • Middle English wrek from Anglo-Norman wrec of Scandinavian origin Old Norse rec wreckage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English wrek, from Anglo-Norman wrec, from Old Norse *wrek (Norwegian and Icelandic rek, Swedish vrak), from Proto-Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European. Distantly related to wreak.

    From Wiktionary