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
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.
The news was devastating for Rios, a U.S. citizen who had been living with her husband and her parents in Colima, a city of more than 700,000 on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
This is actually good news for Richard, who has just found out from the ever-helpful sage Monica that Keenan’s tech is actually garbage—but devastating for Erlich, who quit his job to be Keenan’s C.O.O., only for Keenan to dump him.
These rogue Suboxone clinics devastate a community.
The fighting has devastated communities in both countries and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
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.
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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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