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Verb devastate has 2 senses
- lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge - devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
--1 is one way to destroy, ruin
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
- devastate - overwhelm or overpower; "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"
--2 is one way to overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake
The bad news will devastate him