Meaning of “devastate” in the English Dictionary

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devastateverb [ T ]

us /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.
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)