- 1Destroy or ruin (something): the city was devastated by a huge earthquake bad weather has devastated the tourist industryMore example sentences
- Residents who claim a wind farm on the fells would destroy the landscape and devastate tourism are being urged to oppose the development before it even becomes a formal proposal.
- All this can devastate lives, destroy relationships, disrupt work, cloud effective thinking, and affect physical health and ruin futures.
- There's big, bad weather devastating the farms.
- 1.1Cause (someone) severe and overwhelming shock or grief: she was devastated by the loss of DamianMore example sentences
- The sand bird mother was totally devastated by her loss, and cried out her grief in the jungle.
- She was devastated and traumatised in the aftermath of the Pullathomas landslide.
- Without hesitation, the young man complies, even though the loss of this catch devastates him.
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- But he also talked Cate Blanchett into daring to recreate a truly beloved Hollywood figure in Kate Hepburn, all the while knowing that if it went wrong, it could be a career devastator.
- Shackled tightly by luxury tax constraints, the Celtics were not able to re-sign the versatile Rogers or much-vaunted defensive devastator Erick Strickland.
mid 17th century: from Latin devastat- 'laid waste', from the verb devastare, from de- 'thoroughly' + vastare 'lay waste'.