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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.

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. Janet Hale:

    You may love the kids and the parents, but you need to keep a professional distance, children will come and go, things happen in families, and while you want to be there to support the family, you can’t let them devastate you.

  2. Kim Blaylock:

    If the perpetrators were here right now, I would just say why? why would you want to leave your child and go hurt other people, hurt your family and devastate more people, have your full life gone? It's just very sad.

  3. Darrin Lewis:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Nancy Northup:

    Not since before Roe v. Wade has a law or court decision had the potential to devastate access to reproductive health care on such a sweeping scale, once again, women across the state of Texas face the near total elimination of safe and legal options for ending a pregnancy and the denial of their constitutional rights.

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