devastate

All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About encyclopedia.com content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

dev·as·tate / ˈdevəˌstāt/ • v. [tr.] destroy or ruin (something): the city was devastated by a huge earthquake | bad weather has devastated the tourist industry. ∎  cause (someone) severe and overwhelming shock or grief: she was devastated by the loss of Damian. DERIVATIVES: dev·as·ta·tion / ˌdevəˈstāshən/ n. dev·as·ta·tor / -ˌstātər/ n.

views updated

devastatelactate, tractate •apartheid • peltate • edentate •testate • dictate • meditate • agitate •vegetate • interdigitate •cogitate, excogitate •ingurgitate, regurgitate •facilitate, habilitate, militate •debilitate • imitate • decapitate •palpitate • crepitate • precipitate •irritate •acetate, capacitate, triacetate •necessitate • felicitate • resuscitate •gravitate • levitate • hesitate •apostate, prostate •pernoctate • potentate • annotate •amputate • permutate • orientate •auscultate • commentate • superstate •devastate • salivate • elevate •activate • captivate • titivate •motivate • cultivate • ovate • excavate •enervate, renovate •innovate • aggravate • rotavate

views updated

devastate XVII (rare before XIX). f. pp. stem of L. dēvāstāre, f. DE- 3 + vāstāre lay waste, f. vāstus WASTE; see -ATE 3.
So devastation XV.

More From encyclopedia.com

You Might Also Like