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shipwreck

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˈʃɪp.rek/ (also wreck)
an accident in which a ship is destroyed or sunk at sea, especially by hitting rocks, or a ship that has been destroyed or sunk in such an accident: The danger of shipwreck is much greater in fog. There have been many shipwrecks along this dangerous stretch of coastline.

shipwreck

verb [T] uk   us   /ˈʃɪp.rek/
to make someone suffer a shipwreck: They were shipwrecked off the coast of Newfoundland. a shipwrecked sailor
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