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
But Hun Sen has brought economic growth and relative stability to the Southeast Asian nation that was devastated by the communist Khmer Rouge dictatorship in the late 1970s, when 1.7 million people died from starvation, disease and executions.
Three years ago, 49 people died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo—and in the unrelated outbreak that devastated West Africa between 2014 and 2016, over 11,000 deaths were recorded.
Catastrophe struck in March 2011, when three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant sank into meltdowns after a tsunami devastated much of Japan’s northeastern coast.
In South Carolina, many trees had blossoms or had already set fruit; that crop was devastated.
Once a prosperous resort with handsome guest houses and sandy beaches, the rise of cheap foreign vacations in the 1970s robbed the local tourism industry of visitors and devastated its economy.
The animals also carry diseases that can devastate cattle and domestic pig operations and even spread to humans.
His earliest memory was of the 1926 hurricane, which devastated South Florida.
The ordeal has simultaneously devastated and galvanized the tight-knit Park Forest police force, Green said.
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Origin and Etymology of devastate
Latin devastatus, past participle of devastare, from de- + vastare to lay waste — more at waste
First Known Use: 1638
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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