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devastate

[ dev-uh-steyt ]
/ 藞d蓻v 蓹藢ste瑟t /
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verb (used with object), dev路as路tat路ed, dev路as路tat路ing.
to lay waste; render desolate: The invaders devastated the city.
to overwhelm, as with grief or dismay: We are devastated by this news and deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of our friend.Those rumors appeared to have devastated her.
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Origin of devastate

First recorded in 1630鈥40; from Latin d膿vast膩tus 鈥渓aid waste鈥 (past participle of d膿vast膩re ), equivalent to d膿- + vast(膩re) 鈥渢o lay waste鈥 (akin to vastus 鈥渆mpty鈥) + -膩tus; see origin at de-, waste, -ate1

synonym study for devastate

1. See ravage.

OTHER WORDS FROM devastate

dev路as路ta路tive, adjectivedev路as路ta路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for devastate

devastate
/ (藞d蓻v蓹藢ste瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy
to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock

Derived forms of devastate

devastation, noundevastative, adjectivedevastator, noun

Word Origin for devastate

C17: from Latin d膿vast膩re, from de- + vast膩re to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty
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