What does devastate mean?

Definitions for devastate
ˈdɛv əˌsteɪtdev·as·tate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourgeverb

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

    "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

  2. devastateverb

    overwhelm or overpower

    "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"


  1. devastateverb

    To ruin many or all things over a large area, such as most or all buildings of a city, or cities of a region, or trees of a forest.

  2. devastateverb

    To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions.

  3. devastateverb

    To break beyond recovery or repair so that the only options are abandonment or the clearing away of useless remains (if any) and starting over.


  1. devastate

    To devastate is to cause severe and extensive damage or destruction to something or someone. It can also refer to causing severe emotional distress or shock. It can occur in context of natural phenomenon, wars, personal experiences, or tragedies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devastateverb

    to lay waste; to ravage; to desolate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Devastate

    dev′as-tāt, v.t. to lay waste: to plunder.—ns. Devastā′tion, act of devastating: state of being devastated: havoc; Devastā′vit, a waste of the estate of a deceased person by the executor. [L. devastāre, ātumde, inten., vastāre, to lay waste.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of devastate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of devastate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of devastate in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Lawrence:

    Every time I go through a breakup, it’s not like my heart isn’t broken, they just never did anything to, like, devastate me. They were just good people. Maybe that’s also the secret. I’m attracted to good people.

  2. Ebbie Herbert:

    This is a hurtful feeling that I don't want any other family to have to experience, this virus doesn't care what age you are what nationality you are, what political preference you have. It's serious and it will devastate you.

  3. Courteney Ross:

    Waking upthis morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd, he loved the city. He came here [from Houston] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities. Floyd was a gentle giant. He was about love and about peace.

  4. Darrin Lewis:

    I sunk everything I have into this place, it would absolutely devastate us if this mine doesn’t open.

  5. Phil Buchanan:

    Obviously there are a lot of other diseases that devastate peoples' lives, my hope would be that they get the resources they need for research as well.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    A excogitate
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