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devastate

 
Verb devastate has 2 senses
  1. 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
    Derived forms: noun devastation1, noun devastation3, noun devastation4, noun devastation5
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. 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
    Derived form: noun devastation2
    Sample sentence:
    The bad news will devastate him
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