devastate

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈdɛvəsteɪt/
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Verb[change]

Plain form
devastate

Third-person singular
devastates

Past tense
devastated

Past participle
devastated

Present participle
devastating

  1. (transitive) If something devastates something else such as a family, a city, or the economy, it partly or completely destroys it.
    The economies of several countries were devastated by the war.
  2. (transitive) If someone is devastated by a comment or situation, they are very upset by it.
    We were devastated by the loss of our son.

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