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Meaning of DEVASTATE

Pronunciation:  'devu`steyt

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

DEVASTATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: desolate, lay waste to, ravage, waste
 See Also: destroy, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, ruin, sweep over, whelm



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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;

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