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English definition of “devastate”

devastate

verb [T]    /ˈdev·əˌsteɪt/
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/ noun [U] The tornado has already left a trail of devastation through four states from Nebraska to Missouri.
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