havoc

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhævək/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈhævək/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(havək)


Inflections of 'havoc' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
havocs
v 3rd person singular
havocking
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
havocked
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
havocked
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
hav•oc /ˈhævək/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [uncountable]
  1. great destruction or devastation:havoc caused by the bombing.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsplay havoc with or wreak havoc on, [+ object]
    • to create confusion or disorder in:The plans for restructuring will play havoc with the town.
    • to destroy;
      ruin:The tornado wreaked havoc on several towns in its path.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hav•oc  (havək),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -ocked, -ock•ing. 
n. 
  1. great destruction or devastation;
    ruinous damage.
  2. Idiomscry havoc, to warn of danger or disaster.
  3. Idiomsplay havoc with: 
    • to create confusion or disorder in:The wind played havoc with the papers on the desk.
    • to destroy;
      ruin:The bad weather played havoc with our vacation plans.

v.t. 
  1. to work havoc upon;
    devastate.

v.i. 
  1. to work havoc:The fire havocked throughout the house.
havock•er, n. 
  • Gmc
  • Anglo-French (in phrase crier havok to cry havoc, i.e., utter the command havoc! as signal for pillaging), Middle French havot in same sense
  • late Middle English havok 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged desolation, waste. See  ruin. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
havoc /ˈhævək/ n
  1. destruction; devastation; ruin
  2. informal confusion; chaos
  3. cry havocarchaic to give the signal for pillage and destruction
  4. play havoc ⇒ (often followed by with) to cause a great deal of damage, distress, or confusion (to)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French havot pillage, probably of Germanic origin
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