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Definition of devastate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they devastate
    he / she / it devastates
    past simple devastated
    -ing form devastating
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  1. 1devastate something to completely destroy a place or an area The bomb devastated much of the old part of the city.
  2. 2[often passive] devastate somebody to make someone feel very shocked and sad
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: devastate