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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.
References in classic literature ?
Here the scenery changed from the strange and unfamiliar to the wreckage of the familiar: patches of ground exhibited the devastation of a cyclone, and in a few score yards I would come upon perfectly undisturbed spaces, houses with their blinds trimly drawn and doors closed, as if they had been left for a day by the owners, or as if their inhabitants slept within.
All nature was bright and joyous, being in striking contrast to the scenes of wreck and devastation, the effects of obliterating fire and lasting ruin.
PLUNDER and devastation ever march in the train of irregulars.
The gormandizing powers of this worthy were, at first, matters of surprise and merriment to the travellers; but they soon became too serious for a joke, threatening devastation to the fleshpots; and he was regarded askance, at his meals, as a regular kill-crop, destined to waste the substance of the party.
fragments of houses, crumbled walls, torn and ragged hills, devastation every where
It's a terrible shower," said the hunter; "more so than hail itself in the devastation it causes.
Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, who was our prisoner, is now held by the jeddak of Zodanga, whose son she must wed to save her country from devastation at the hands of the Zodangan forces.
The people who were boisterous at Westminster upon the Friday morning, and were eagerly bent upon the work of devastation in Duke Street and Warwick Street at night, were, in the mass, the same.
I was terrified at the devastation which had been accomplished in a brief half-hour; the black-currant trees were the apple of Joseph's eye, and she had just fixed her choice of a flower-bed in the midst of them.
Within, the fire was yet smouldering on the hearth, and the chairs in a circle round it, as if the inhabitants had but gone forth to view the devastation of the Slide, and would shortly return, to thank Heaven for their miraculous escape.
On arriving at their destination, they burn, slaughter, and destroy, according to the tenor of written instructions, and sailing away from the scene of devastation, call upon all Christendom to applaud their courage and their justice.
were showered on the three young men with overwhelming force; and, from her well-stored arsenal issued glances, kindly recognitions, and a thousand other little charming attentions which were intended to strike at long range the gentlemen who formed the escort, the townspeople, the officers of the different cities she passed through, pages, populace, and servants; it was wholesale slaughter, a general devastation.