Meaning of “devastated” in the English Dictionary

"devastated" in British English

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uk /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.tɪd/ us /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.t̬ɪd/

devastated adjective (DESTROYED)

completely destroyed:

Thousands of people have left their devastated villages and fled to the mountains.

More examples

  • I was devastated when the doctor told me the news.
  • She adored her elder brother, and she was devastated when he died.
  • They're appealing for clothes and blankets to send to the devastated region.
  • The area has been devastated by war.
  • The earthquake devastated the town and left thousands homeless.

(Definition of “devastated” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)