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English definition of “devastate”
/ˈdev·əˌsteɪt/ v [T]
› to cause great damage or suffering to something or someone, or to violently destroy a place: Waves of corporate downsizing have devastated employee morale. I was so devastated I was crying constantly. The town was devastated by a hurricane in 1928. devastation
/ˌdev·əˈsteɪ·ʃən/ n [U] › The tornado has already left a trail of devastation through four states from Nebraska to Missouri.