Definition of devastate in English:

devastate

Line breaks: dev¦as|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛvəsteɪt
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

devastator

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin devastat- 'laid waste', from the verb devastare, from de- 'thoroughly' + vastare 'lay waste'.

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