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American English: /rɛk/
British English: /rɛk/

Translation of wreck in Spanish:


  • 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 (something, somebody 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]
    ¿todavía andas en ese cacharro? [colloquial]
    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]
    he's a nervous wreck
  • 3 (destruction) the wreck of the Titanic
    el naufragio del Titanic
    the wreck of all my hopes [literary]
    el desmoronamiento de todas mis esperanzas [literary]
  • 4 (crash) (US)
    Example sentences
    • If the engine of a train suddenly goes off the rails, a wreck ensues.
    • Several minor wrecks, mostly in rail yards, have helped feed community fears.
    • With those numbers, it's just a matter of time before the next fatal wreck occurs, Rendon said.

transitive verb

  • 1
    provocar el naufragio de
    hacer naufragar
    hacer descarrilar
    the ship was wrecked on the rocks
    el barco naufragó al chocar contra las rocas
    Example sentences
    • Iziko Museums in Cape Town have started off a project to find different slave ships that were wrecked along the South African coastline.
    • His ship is wrecked and the passengers take to the long-boat.
    • The approach to Jeddah is filled with dangerous reefs, and over the years several ships have been wrecked.
    Example sentences
    • Two serious accidents, destroying four vehicles and wrecking a house wall and a traffic light at the junction, have already occurred since the lights failed last Thursday morning.
    • Photographs of the apparent aftermath - showing wrecked vehicles and dented police helmets - have since appeared on several Weblogs.
    • That Nolan was there to play his part was a near-miracle in itself after the youngster's lucky escape from that morning's dramatic smash that wrecked his car.
  • 2 (damage)
    Example sentences
    • Holmes has spent most of her career cursing her luck after a string of injuries wrecked her chances of gold at major championships.
    • Yet Larkham says that the rapid recovery of debutant lock Justin Harrison, whose career was almost wrecked by a similar injury last year, has been an inspiration to him in his darker moments.
    • Keith Wood will be with the 41-man Irish squad on the tour but has no intention of playing in any of the three games after a season wrecked by injury.
  • 4 (spoil, ruin)
    echar por tierra
    drinking wrecked her health/career
    la bebida le arruinó la salud/la carrera
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