devastate


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dev·as·tate

 (dĕv′ə-stāt′)
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.

[Latin dēvāstāre, dēvāstāt- : dē-, de- + vāstāre, to lay waste (from vāstus, empty, desolate; see euə- in Indo-European roots).]

dev′as·tat′ing·ly adv.
dev′as·ta′tion n.
dev′as·ta′tor n.

devastate

(ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy
2. to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock
[C17: from Latin dēvastāre, from de- + vastāre to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty]
ˌdevasˈtation n
ˈdevasˌtative adj
ˈdevasˌtator n

dev•as•tate

(ˈdɛv əˌsteɪt)

v.t. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to lay waste; render desolate: The fire devastated the city.
2. to overwhelm, as with shock.
[1625–35; < Latin dēvastātus, past participle of dēvastāre=dē- de- + vastāre to make desolate, derivative of vastus desolate]
dev`as•ta′tion, n.
dev′as•ta`tive, adj.
dev′as•ta`tor, n.

devastate


Past participle: devastated
Gerund: devastating

Imperative
devastate
devastate
Present
I devastate
you devastate
he/she/it devastates
we devastate
you devastate
they devastate
Preterite
I devastated
you devastated
he/she/it devastated
we devastated
you devastated
they devastated
Present Continuous
I am devastating
you are devastating
he/she/it is devastating
we are devastating
you are devastating
they are devastating
Present Perfect
I have devastated
you have devastated
he/she/it has devastated
we have devastated
you have devastated
they have devastated
Past Continuous
I was devastating
you were devastating
he/she/it was devastating
we were devastating
you were devastating
they were devastating
Past Perfect
I had devastated
you had devastated
he/she/it had devastated
we had devastated
you had devastated
they had devastated
Future
I will devastate
you will devastate
he/she/it will devastate
we will devastate
you will devastate
they will devastate
Future Perfect
I will have devastated
you will have devastated
he/she/it will have devastated
we will have devastated
you will have devastated
they will have devastated
Future Continuous
I will be devastating
you will be devastating
he/she/it will be devastating
we will be devastating
you will be devastating
they will be devastating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been devastating
you have been devastating
he/she/it has been devastating
we have been devastating
you have been devastating
they have been devastating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been devastating
you will have been devastating
he/she/it will have been devastating
we will have been devastating
you will have been devastating
they will have been devastating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been devastating
you had been devastating
he/she/it had been devastating
we had been devastating
you had been devastating
they had been devastating
Conditional
I would devastate
you would devastate
he/she/it would devastate
we would devastate
you would devastate
they would devastate
Past Conditional
I would have devastated
you would have devastated
he/she/it would have devastated
we would have devastated
you would have devastated
they would have devastated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.devastate - cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
ruin - reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"
2.devastate - overwhelm or overpower; "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"
overwhelm, sweep over, whelm, overpower, overtake, overcome - overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

devastate

verb
1. destroy, waste, ruin, sack, wreck, spoil, demolish, trash (slang), level, total (slang), ravage, plunder, desolate, pillage, raze, lay waste, despoil A fire devastated large parts of the castle.
2. (Informal) shatter, overwhelm, confound, floor (informal) If word of this gets out, it will devastate his family.

devastate

verb
To destroy completely as or as if by conquering:
Idiom: lay waste.
Translations
يَجْتاح، يَكْتَسِح، يَغْمُريُدَمِّر، يُخَرِّب
otřástpustošitzničit
fortvivletknustødelægge
letaglóz
eyîa, leggja í rústgera út af viî; vera yfiròyrmandi
gniuždantisniokotinuniokoti
iznīcinātizpostītsatriekt
harap etmeküzüntüye boğmak

devastate

[ˈdevəsteɪt] VT (= destroy) [+ place] → devastar, asolar (fig) [+ opponent, opposition] → aplastar, arrollar; (= overwhelm) [+ person] → dejar desolado, dejar destrozado
we were simply devastatedestábamos verdaderamente desolados or destrozados

devastate

[ˈdɛvəsteɪt] vt
(= seriously damage) [+ area, building] → dévaster
(= deeply distress) → anéantir
to be devastated by sth → être anéanti(e) par qch
He was devastated by the news → Il a été anéanti par la nouvelle.

devastate

vt
(lit) town, landverwüsten; (fig) oppositionvernichten; economyzugrunde or zu Grunde richten
(inf: = overwhelm) → umhauen (inf); I was devastateddas hat mich umgehauen (inf); they were devastated by the newsdie Nachricht hat sie tief erschüttert

devastate

[ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt] vt (place) → devastare; (opponent, opposition) → sbaragliare, annientare; (upset greatly) → sconvolgere
he was devastated by the news → la notizia l'aveva sconvolto

devastate

(ˈdevəsteit) verb
1. to leave in ruins. The fire devastated the countryside.
2. to overwhelm (a person) with grief. She was devastated by the terrible news.
ˈdevastating adjective
overwhelming. a devastating flood; The news was devastating.
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This September I was invited to devastate the moors of a friend in the north, and on my journey to his abode, I unexpectedly came within fifteen miles of Gimmerton.
The Arkansas, also, rising in a much more southern latitude than the Missouri, takes the lead of it in its annual excess, and its superabundant waters are disgorged and disposed of long before the breaking up of the icy barriers of the north; otherwise, did all these mighty streams rise simultaneously, and discharge their vernal floods into the Mississippi, an inundation would be the consequence, that would submerge and devastate all the lower country.
The centuries, the revolutions, which at least devastate with impartiality and grandeur, have been joined by a cloud of school architects, licensed, sworn, and bound by oath; defacing with the discernment and choice of bad taste, substituting the
And the wild things in the wild mountains stopped in their hunting, and trembled at this new and awful voice, while down in the desert the children of the wilderness came out of their goatskin tents and looked toward the mountains, wondering what new and savage scourge had come to devastate their flocks.