Definition of lay waste to
- The fire laid waste to the land.
: a sparsely settled or barren region : desert
: uncultivated land
: a broad and empty expanse (as of water)
: to lay waste
: to cause to shrink in physical bulk or strength : emaciate, enfeeble
: to wear away or diminish gradually : consume
: being wild and uninhabited : desolate
: arid, empty
: not cultivated : not productive
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