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devastate

[ dev-uh-steyt ]
/ ˈdɛv əˌsteɪt /
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verb (used with object), dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·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 1630–40; from Latin dēvastātus “laid waste” (past participle of dēvastāre ), equivalent to dē- + vast(āre) “to lay waste” (akin to vastus “empty”) + -ātus; see origin at de-, waste, -ate1

synonym study for devastate

1. See ravage.

OTHER WORDS FROM devastate

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

devastate
/ (ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt) /

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 dēvastāre, from de- + vastāre to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty
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