What does wreak mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bring, work, play, wreak, make forverb

    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

    "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wreakverb

    to reck; to care

    Etymology: [OE. wreken to revenge, punish, drive out, AS. wrecan; akin to OFries. wreka, OS. wrekan to punish, D. wreken to avenge, G. rchen, OHG. rehhan, Icel. reka to drive, to take vengeance, Goth. wrikan to persecute, Lith. vargas distress, vargti to suffer distress, L. urgere to drive, urge, Gr. e'i`rgein to shut, Skr. vj to turn away. Cf. Urge, Wreck, Wretch.]

  2. Wreakverb

    to revenge; to avenge

    Etymology: [OE. wreken to revenge, punish, drive out, AS. wrecan; akin to OFries. wreka, OS. wrekan to punish, D. wreken to avenge, G. rchen, OHG. rehhan, Icel. reka to drive, to take vengeance, Goth. wrikan to persecute, Lith. vargas distress, vargti to suffer distress, L. urgere to drive, urge, Gr. e'i`rgein to shut, Skr. vj to turn away. Cf. Urge, Wreck, Wretch.]

  3. Wreakverb

    to execute in vengeance or passion; to inflict; to hurl or drive; as, to wreak vengeance on an enemy

    Etymology: [OE. wreken to revenge, punish, drive out, AS. wrecan; akin to OFries. wreka, OS. wrekan to punish, D. wreken to avenge, G. rchen, OHG. rehhan, Icel. reka to drive, to take vengeance, Goth. wrikan to persecute, Lith. vargas distress, vargti to suffer distress, L. urgere to drive, urge, Gr. e'i`rgein to shut, Skr. vj to turn away. Cf. Urge, Wreck, Wretch.]

  4. Wreakverb

    revenge; vengeance; furious passion; resentment

    Etymology: [OE. wreken to revenge, punish, drive out, AS. wrecan; akin to OFries. wreka, OS. wrekan to punish, D. wreken to avenge, G. rchen, OHG. rehhan, Icel. reka to drive, to take vengeance, Goth. wrikan to persecute, Lith. vargas distress, vargti to suffer distress, L. urgere to drive, urge, Gr. e'i`rgein to shut, Skr. vj to turn away. Cf. Urge, Wreck, Wretch.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wreak

    rēk, v.t. to inflict: avenge.—n. Wreak′er.—adjs. Wreak′ful, revengeful: angry; Wreak′less, unpunished. [A.S. wrecan, orig. to drive, and so to punish, avenge; Ice. reka, to drive, pursue, Ger. rächen; conn. with L. urgēre.]

  2. Wreak

    rēk, v.i. (Shak.). Same as Reck.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wreak in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wreak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of wreak in a Sentence

  1. Selwin Hart:

    We fully understand the role that coal and other fossil fuels have played in Australia's economy, even if mining accounts for a small fraction — around 2 % — of overall jobs, but it's essential to have a broader, more honest and rational conversation about what is in Australia's interests, because the bottom line is clear : If the world does not rapidly phase out coal, climate change will wreak havoc right across the Australian economy, from agriculture to tourism, and right across the services sector. Similarly, construction, housing and the property sector, in a country where the vast majority live on or near a coastline. It will be even more catastrophic in your neighborhood.

  2. Michael Waldman:

    Congress failed to include sufficient, urgently needed funds in the stimulus to help states run elections in a time of pandemic, this could wreak havoc in November.

  3. Mohammed VI:

    I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death, history sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again.

  4. Charlie Bonner:

    Make no mistake, allowing Election Judges to carry handguns will intimidate voters and bad actors will use this opportunity to show up in Black and brown precincts and wreak havoc. This is dead wrong, texas Court of Criminal Appeals has a long and racist history of voter intimidation and allowing Election Judges to carry handguns in polling locations will only add to that ugly history.

  5. Tom Buchanan:

    Feral hogs wreak havoc on Oklahoma's farms, ranches and ecosystems, and cost farmers, ranchers and landowners.

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Translations for wreak

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  • rächen, verursachen, auslassenGerman
  • vengarse, provocar, volcar, inflingirSpanish
  • aiheuttaa, kohdistaa, kurittaaFinnish
  • a [[cauza]], provoca, [[varsa]] nerviiRomanian
  • наносить, причинять, мститьRussian
  • çıkarmak, öç almak, almak, intikam almak, hınç almak, hınç çıkarmakTurkish

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    a vigorous blow
    • A. bash
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