- IPA: /ˈdɛvəsteɪt/
devastate (devastates, present participle devastating; past and past participle devastated)
- To ruin many or all things over a large area, such as most or all buildings of a city, or cities of a region, or trees of a forest.
- To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions.
- To break beyond recovery or repair so that the only options are abandonment or the clearing away of useless remains (if any) and starting over.
- French: dévaster
- German: verwüsten, verheeren
- Italian: devastare
- Portuguese: devastar
- Russian: опустоша́ть
- Spanish: devastar