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dev·as·tate  (dv-stt)
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.

[Latin dvstre, dvstt- : d-, de- + vstre, to lay waste (from vstus, empty, desolate; see eu- in Indo-European roots).]

devas·tating·ly adv.
devas·tation n.
devas·tator n.

devastate  /dvstet/  v. [T] -tated, -tating, -tates 1 to destroy completely, lay waste to: A storm devastated the island. 2 to crush emotionally (spiritually, financially, etc.): Her fathers sudden death devastated her.||It was a <adj.> devastating loss. devastate

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