Definition of devastate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    devastate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdevəsteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdevəsteɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they devastate
    BrE BrE//ˈdevəsteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdevəsteɪt//
     
    he / she / it devastates
    BrE BrE//ˈdevəsteɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdevəsteɪts//
     
    past simple devastated
    BrE BrE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪd//
     
    past participle devastated
    BrE BrE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form devastating
    BrE BrE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ//
     
    Unhappiness
     
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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 somebody feel very shocked and sad See related entries: Unhappiness
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin devastat- ‘laid waste’, from the verb devastare, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + vastare ‘lay waste’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: devastate