devastate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"devastate" in British English

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devastateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈdev.ə.steɪt/

devastate verb [T] (DESTROY)

to ​destroy a ​place or thing ​completely or ​causegreatdamage

devastate verb [T] (UPSET)

to make someone ​feel very ​shocked and ​upset
(Definition of devastate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"devastate" in American English

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devastateverb [T]

 us   /ˈdev·əˌsteɪt/
to ​causegreatdamage or ​suffering to something or someone, or to ​violentlydestroy a ​place: Waves of ​corporatedownsizing have devastated ​employeemorale. I was so devastated I was ​cryingconstantly. The ​town was devastated by a ​hurricane in 1928.
noun [U]  us   /ˌdev·əˈsteɪ·ʃən/
The ​tornado has already ​left a ​trail of devastation through four ​states from Nebraska to Missouri.
(Definition of devastate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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