Definitions for: Devastate


[v] overwhelm or overpower; "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"
[v] devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dev"as*tate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Devastated; p. pr. & vb. n. Devastating.] [L. devastatus,
p. p. of devastare to devastate; de + vastare to lay waste,
vastus waste. See Vast.]
To lay waste; to ravage; to desolate.

Whole countries . . . were devastated. --Macaulay.

Syn: To waste; ravage; desolate; destroy; demolish; plunder;
pillage.

Synonyms: desolate, lay waste to, ravage, waste

See Also: destroy, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, ruin, sweep over, whelm

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