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devastate

dev·as·tate

devastate

 
pronunciation:
de v steIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: devastated, devastates, devastating
definition 1: to ravage or lay waste, as by war or natural disaster.
Fire devastated the village.
synonyms:
destroy, lay waste, ravage, ruin
similar words:
blight, consume, demolish, desolate, harry, overwhelm, rape, wreck
definition 2: to upset greatly; have an overwhelming effect on.
The news of his death devastated our family.
synonyms:
overcome, overwhelm
similar words:
desolate, hit, ravish, upset
derivations: devastating (adj.), devastatingly (adv.)
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