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"wreck" in British English

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wreckverb [T]

uk   us   /rek/
C2 to ​destroy or ​badlydamage something: The ​explosionshatterednearbywindows and wrecked two ​cars. Our ​greenhouse was wrecked in last night's ​storm. informal to ​spoil something ​completely: He has been ​warned that his ​behaviour might wreck his ​chances of ​promotion.

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wrecknoun [C]

uk   us   /rek/
C2 a ​vehicle or ​ship that has been ​destroyed or ​badlydamaged: Divers ​exploring the wreck ​managed to ​salvage some ​coins and ​jewellery. The burned-out wrecks of two ​policecarslittered the ​road.C2 informal someone who is in ​badphysical or ​mentalcondition: The ​stress she had been under at ​workreduced her to a nervous/​quivering wreck.

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(Definition of wreck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wreck" in American English

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wreckverb [T]

 us   /rek/
to ​destroy or ​badlydamage something: The ​explosion wrecked one ​house and ​shatterednearbywindows. A ​prisonrecord would wreck his ​chances of ​becoming a ​lawyer.

wrecknoun [C]

 us   /rek/
a ​vehicle or ​ship that has been ​destroyed or ​badlydamaged 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 ​badphysical or ​mentalcondition: Coping with three ​kids and a ​mother in the ​hospital, she’s a ​nervous wreck.
(Definition of wreck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wreck" in Business English

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wreckverb [T]

uk   us   /rek/
to destroy or badly ​damage something: Several ​protesters set out to wreck the company's ​headquarters.
to spoil a chance, ​plan, etc.: be wrecked by sth The ​deal was wrecked by the recent turmoil in the ​debtmarkets. Backbenchers were ​accused of ​plotting to wreck the government's plans.

wrecknoun [C]

uk   us   /rek/
something that has been destroyed or badly ​damaged: The ​property is a wreck.
(Definition of wreck from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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