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verb [transitive] [usually passive] devastate pronunciation in British English /ˈdevəˌsteɪt/ 
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present tense
present participledevastating
past tensedevastated
past participledevastated
  1. 1
    to seriously damage or completely destroy something

    Western India was devastated by a huge earthquake.

  2. 2
    to make someone feel very shocked and upset

    Mary's sisters were devastated by her disappearance.


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