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Verb: devastate  'de-vu,steyt
  1. Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    "The enemy devastate the countryside after the invasion";
    - lay waste to, waste, desolate, ravage, scourge, lay waste
  2. Overwhelm or overpower
    "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"

Derived forms: devastating, devastates, devastated

Type of: destroy, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, ruin, sweep over