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wreck

verb [T]  /rek/ us  
to destroy or badly damage something: The explosion wrecked one house and shattered nearby windows. A prison record would wreck his chances of becoming a lawyer.

wreck

noun [C]  /rek/ us  
a vehicle or ship that has been destroyed or badly damaged A wreck can also be something that is badly in need of repair: We bought this old wreck of a house and fixed it up. A person who is described as a wreck is in bad physical or mental condition: Coping with three kids and a mother in the hospital, she’s a nervous wreck.
Translations of “wreck”
in Korean 망치다, 망가뜨리다…
in Arabic يُحَطِّم…
in French épave, ruine, naufrage…
in Turkish enkaza çevirmek, mahvetmek, perişan etmek…
in Italian distruggere, rovinare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 破壞, 毀壞, 毀掉…
in Russian разрушать…
in Polish zniszczyć…
in Spanish restos, ruina, cacharro…
in Portuguese arrasar…
in German das Wrack, der Schiffbruch…
in Catalan destrossar…
in Japanese ~を破壊する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 破坏, 毁坏, 毁掉…
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