Definition of devastate
- a country devastated by war
- The typhoon devastated the island.
- devastated by grief
- Her wisecrack devastated the class.
The flood devastated the town.
The disease has devastated the area's oak tree population.
The hurricane left the island completely devastated.
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beat, best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, scotch, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against);
: to destroy much or most of (something) : to cause great damage or harm to (something)
: to cause (someone) to feel extreme emotional pain
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