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wreck

1 verb
     
wreck1 [transitive]
1

spoil

to completely spoil something so that it cannot continue in a successful way [= ruin]:
Injury threatened to wreck his sporting career.
It was drink that wrecked their marriage.
2

damage

to damage something such as a building or vehicle so badly that it cannot be repaired:
The car was completely wrecked in the accident.
3

destroy a ship

if a ship is wrecked, it is badly damaged and sinks:
The ship was wrecked off the coast of Africa.

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