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wreck

Pronunciation: /rek/

Translation of wreck in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 (ship) restos (masculine plural) del naufragio; (vehicle) restos (masculine plural) del avión ( or tren etc) siniestrado
    Example sentences
    • Plans to move the wreck of destroyer HMS Wakeful out of a shipping lane have been amended to allow the ship to safely remain where she sank during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.
    • The wrecks of such ships have inevitably been targets for treasure-seekers.
    • Everyone hopes to find the treasure hidden in the wreck, even though many doubt that it's there at all.
    Example sentences
    • The driver of the pickup, who walked away from the wreck of his vehicle, was also taken to hospital, where he received 12 stitches to his forehead.
    • The station was a wreck when it was bought 18 years ago and the garden non-existent.
    • It was like walking around at the site of a spaceship wreck - huge pieces of dismantled machinery everywhere.
  • 2 (sth, sb ruined) the wreck of the industry las ruinas de la industria after the party, the house was a wreck después de la fiesta, la casa era un verdadero caos are you still driving that old wreck? [colloquial/familiar] ¿todavía andas en ese cacharro? [colloquial/familiar] the attack left him a physical wreck el ataque lo dejó hecho una ruina the next morning I felt a complete wreck al día siguiente estaba hecho polvo [colloquial/familiar] he's a nervous wreck tiene los nervios destrozados
  • 3 (destruction) the wreck of the Titanic el naufragio del Titanic the wreck of all my hopes [literary/literario] el desmoronamiento de todas mis esperanzas [literary/literario]
  • 4 (crash) (American English/inglés norteamericano) accidente (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • A fatal car wreck late Sunday night forced investigators to close a southwest Valley intersection through Monday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
    • Cars and bicyclists often are not looking for each other, which can lead to wrecks at intersections.
    • Michigan's no-fault insurance law provides unlimited lifetime coverage for medical expenses tied to auto wrecks.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [ship] provocar* el naufragio de, hacer* naufragar; [train] hacer* descarrilar; [car] destrozar* the ship was wrecked on the rocks el barco naufragó al chocar contra las rocas 1.2 (damage) destrozar* 1.3 (demolish) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [house/building] demoler*, tirar abajo, derribar 1.4 (spoil, ruin) [hopes/plans/chances] echar por tierra; [marriage/happiness] destrozar* drinking wrecked her health/career la bebida le arruinó la salud/la carrera

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