Definition of devastate
devastatinglyplay \-ˌstā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
devastationplay \ˌde-və-ˈstā-shən\ noun
devastativeplay \ˈde-və-ˌstā-tiv\ adjective
devastatorplay \-ˌstā-tər\ noun
Examples of devastate in a Sentence
The flood devastated the town.
The disease has devastated the area's oak tree population.
The hurricane left the island completely devastated.
Recent Examples of devastate from the Web
CBS News' Jaime Yuccas reports the people in her inner circle are devastated.
The film specifically focuses on the devastating Yarnell Hill wildfire, which blazed through Arizona in June 2013, and the heroism of the men who battled it.
All of that means Bsal could rapidly devastate susceptible species of salamander, the team concluded in a Nature paper in April.
The pair hugged and commiserated over how drug addiction has devastated families.
Just as dense human populations in cities enable the rapid spread of communicable diseases, these enemies can rapidly devastate a dense forest of the same species.
Many of them share the view that technologies that have generated huge amounts of concentrated wealth will soon be responsible for devastating labor market upheavals.
Overlooked in the tragedy, Ahmed argued, are the Muslim Samaritans who rushed to offer aid to victims and families devastated by the tragedy.
Gaza has been devastated by three wars over the past decade.
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Synonym Discussion of devastate
DEVASTATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of devastate for English Language Learners
: to destroy much or most of (something) : to cause great damage or harm to (something)
: to cause (someone) to feel extreme emotional pain
DEVASTATE Defined for Kids
Definition of devastate for Students
1 : to destroy entirely or nearly entirely The forest was devastated by fire.
2 : to cause to suffer emotionally He was devastated by the loss.
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