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wreak

 
 
pronunciation:
rik
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wreaks, wreaking, wreaked
definition 1: to inflict or carry out (punishment, revenge, destruction, or the like).
The storm wreaked havoc on the coastal towns.The war wreaked destruction over the entire region.The tsar wreaked punishment on those nobles who had opposed him.
similar words:
inflict, visit
definition 2: to make someone the victim or object of (one's anger, resentment, or the like).
She felt ashamed that she had wreaked her anger on her children.
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Homophone Note
The words wreak and reek (a strong smell) sound alike but have different meanings.