lay waste to

Definition of lay waste to

:to cause very bad damage to (something)
  • The fire laid waste to the land.

Word by Word Definitions

waste play
  1. : a sparsely settled or barren region : desert

  2. : uncultivated land

  3. : a broad and empty expanse (as of water)

  1. : to lay waste

  2. : to cause to shrink in physical bulk or strength : emaciate, enfeeble

  3. : to wear away or diminish gradually : consume

  1. : being wild and uninhabited : desolate

  2. : arid, empty

  3. : not cultivated : not productive


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