devastate


devastate

verb

Definition of DEVASTATE

1
to bring destruction to (something) through violent action <the city was devastated, first by the earthquake and then by fires>
2
to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of <the explosion devastated an entire city block>
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3
to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress <we were devastated by the awful news of his death>

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