Pronunciation Noun

wreck (plural wrecks)

  1. Something or someone that has been ruined.
    He was an emotional wreck after the death of his wife.
    Synonyms: basket case, mess#Etymology 2|mess
  2. The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
    • To the fair haven of my native home, / The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come.
  3. An event in which something is damaged through collision.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 5, scene 1]:
      the wrecks of matter and the crush of worlds
    • Hard and obstinate / As is a rock amidst the raging floods, / 'Gainst which a ship, of succour desolate, / Doth suffer wreck, both of herself and goods.
    • Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst the wreck of its political life.
  4. (legal) Goods, etc. cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck.
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wreck (wrecks, present participle wrecking; past and past participle wrecked)

  1. To destroy violently; 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!
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked.
  2. To ruin or dilapidate.
  3. (Australian English) To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts.
  4. To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
    • Weak and envied, if they should conspire, / They wreck themselves.
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