devastate

  • 1 Devastate — Dev as*tate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devastated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Devastating}.] [L. devastatus, p. p. of devastare to devastate; de + vastare to lay waste, vastus waste. See {Vast}.] To lay waste; to ravage; to desolate. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 devastate — I verb demolish, depopulate, depredate, desolate, despoil, destroy, gut, lever, overwhelm, pillage, plunder, raid, ransack, ravage, raze, ruin, sack, wreck II index damage, despoil, destroy (efface), ex …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 devastate — (v.) 1630s, perhaps a back formation from DEVASTATION (Cf. devastation). Apparently not common until 19c.; earlier verb form devast is attested from 1530s, from M.Fr. devaster. Related: devastated …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 devastate — waste, *ravage, sack, pillage, despoil, spoliate Analogous words: *destroy, demolish, raze: *ruin, wreck: plunder, loot, *rob, rifle …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 devastate — [v] demolish, destroy depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, devour, do one in*, lay waste, level, pillage, plunder, raid, ravage, raze, ruin, sack, smash, spoil, spoliate, stamp out*, take apart, total*, trash*, waste, wipe off map*, wreck;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 devastate — ► VERB 1) destroy or ruin. 2) overwhelm with severe shock or grief. DERIVATIVES devastation noun devastator noun. ORIGIN Latin devastare, from vastare lay waste …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 devastate — [dev′ə stāt΄] vt. devastated, devastating [< L devastatus, pp. of devastare, to lay waste < de , intens. + vastare, to make empty < vastus, empty: see VAST] 1. to lay waste; make desolate; ravage; destroy 2. to make helpless; overwhelm… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 devastate — verb Devastate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cyclone, ↑earthquake, ↑hurricane, ↑tornado, ↑typhoon Devastate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑country, ↑economy, ↑industry …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 devastate */ — UK [ˈdevəˌsteɪt] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms devastate : present tense I/you/we/they devastate he/she/it devastates present participle devastating past tense devastated past participle devastated 1) to seriously damage or… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 devastate — [17] Etymologically as well as semantically, devastate is related to ‘lay waste’. It comes from the past participle of Latin dēvāstāre, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix dē and vāstāre ‘lay waste’. This was a derivative of vāstus… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 devastate — [17] Etymologically as well as semantically, devastate is related to ‘lay waste’. It comes from the past participle of Latin dēvāstāre, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix dē and vāstāre ‘lay waste’. This was a derivative of vāstus… …

    Word origins

  • 12 devastate — transitive verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Latin devastatus, past participle of devastare, from de + vastare to lay waste more at waste Date: 1638 1. to bring to ruin or desolation by violent action < a country devastated …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 devastate — devastative, adj. devastator, n. /dev euh stayt /, v.t., devastated, devastating. 1. to lay waste; render desolate: The invaders devastated the city. 2. to overwhelm. [1625 35; < L devastatus laid waste (ptp. of devastare), equiv. to de DE +… …

    Universalium

  • 14 devastate — verb a) To ruin many or all things over a large area, such as most or all buildings of a city, or cities of a region, or trees of a forest. b) To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions. See Also:… …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 devastate — Synonyms and related words: abash, bring to ruin, chagrin, condemn, confound, consume, damn, deal destruction, decimate, demolish, depopulate, depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, destroy, devour, discombobulate, discomfit, disconcert,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 devastate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. [lay] waste, ravage, desolate, pillage; ruin, raze, destroy, demolish; informal, disappoint, crush. See destruction, disappointment. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To lay waste] Syn. ravage, desolate,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 devastate — 01. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center [devastated] the financial district of New York. 02. The entire U.S. was [devastated] by the news of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 03. Acid rain has a [devastating] effect on the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 devastate — dev|a|state [ˈdevəsteıt] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: devastare, from vastare to lay waste, destroy ] 1.) to make someone feel extremely shocked and sad ▪ Rob was devastated by the news of her death. 2.) to damage something very badly …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 devastate — dev|as|tate [ devə,steıt ] verb transitive usually passive * 1. ) to seriously damage or completely destroy something: Western India was devastated by a huge earthquake. 2. ) to make someone feel very shocked and upset: Mary s sisters were… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 devastate — [[t]de̱vəsteɪt[/t]] devastates, devastating, devastated VERB If something devastates an area or a place, it damages it very badly or destroys it totally. [V n] A few days before, a fire had devastated large parts of Windsor Castle. Syn: ravage,… …

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