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devastate (overwhelm)

Definition:

to overwhelm or overpower

Class:

change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Related to:

devastation

Past tense:

devastated

Present participle:

devastating

3rd-person singular present:

devastates

Type of:

overwhelm » arouse » make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

He was devastated by his grief when his son died

Etymology:

perhaps a back formation from "devastation". Apparently not common until 19th...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of devastate...

Definition references

New World Dictionary:

devastate | devastatated [past tense] | devastatating [present participle] | devastatingly [adverb, related] | devastator [noun, related]

to lay waste; make desolate; ravage; destroy | to make helpless; overwhelm (11 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/devastate

Collins Dictionary:

devastate | ravage [synonym, sense-specific] | destroy [synonym, sense-specific] | devastation [noun, derived]

to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy | to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock (17 of 448 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/devastate

Merriam-Webster:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | overwhelm [synonym, sense-specific] | destroy [synonym, sense-specific] | ravage [synonym, sense-specific] | ruin [synonym, sense-specific] | scourge [synonym, sense-specific] | build [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

to bring to ruin or desolation by violent action | to reduce to chaos, disorder, or helplessness; "overwhelm" (17 of 179 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/devastate

Oxford Dictionary:

devastate | devastator [derived]

destroy or ruin | cause (someone) severe and overwhelming shock or grief (11 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/devastate

Wiktionary:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

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... (47 of 71 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/devastate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

devastate [transitive, passive] | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

to seriously damage or completely destroy something | to make someone feel very shocked and upset (15 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/devastate

American Heritage Dictionary:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present] | devastatingly [adverb, related] | devastation [noun, related] | devastator [noun, related]

To lay waste; destroy. | To overwhelm; confound; stun (8 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/devastate

Random House Dictionary:

devastate | devastatated [past tense] | devastatating [present participle]

to lay waste; render desolate. | to overwhelm. (7 of 21 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/devastate

Cambridge Dictionary:

devastate [entry 1]

to destroy a place or thing completely or cause great damage (11 of 19 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/devastate 1

devastate [entry 2]

to make someone feel very shocked and upset (8 of 16 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/devastate 2

Wikipedia:

OverPower

a collectible card game produced by Fleer Corporation originally featuring characters from Marvel Comics and later from DC Comics and Image Comics. The game was initially launched in August 1995 and is no longer in production. In the game, two players ... (41 of 3754 words)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

transmission | clutch

in automobiles, system of parts connecting the engine to the wheels. Suitable torque, or turning force, is generated by the engine only within a ... (24 of 673 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0849282​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

clutch [machine component]

device for quickly and easily connecting or disconnecting a pair of rotatable coaxial shafts. Clutches are usually placed between the driving motor ... (22 of 222 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/122640​/clutch

Encarta Dictionary:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

to cause severe or widespread damage to something | to shock or upset somebody greatly (often passive) (16 of 88 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604211​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

devastate

First use: 1630s

Origin: perhaps a back formation from "devastation". Apparently not common until 19th century; earlier verb form devast is attested from 1530s, from ... (22 of 25 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=devastate

New World Dictionary:

devastate | devastatated [past tense] | devastatating [present participle]

Origin: Latin devastatus, past participle of devastare, to lay waste from de-, intensive + vastare, to make empty from vastus, empty: see "vast"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/devastate

Wiktionary:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin dēvastātus, perfect passive participle of dēvastō, from dē- (augmentative prefix) + vastō ("I destroy, I lay waste to").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/devastate

American Heritage Dictionary:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin dēvāstāre, dēvāstāt-: dē-, de- + vāstāre, to lay waste (from vāstus, empty, desolate; see euə- in Indo-European roots).

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Oxford Dictionary:

devastate

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Latin devastat- "laid waste", from the verb devastare, from de- "thoroughly" + vastare "lay waste"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/devastate

Collins Dictionary:

devastate

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin dēvastāre, from de- + vastāre to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/devastate

Merriam-Webster:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle]

First use: 1638

Origin: Latin devastatus, past participle of devastare, from de- + vastare to lay waste

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/devastate

Encarta Dictionary:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin devastat-, past participle of devastare "lay waste completely" from vastare "lay waste" from vastus "waste"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604211​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

devastate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "devastate"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/devastate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

devastate [transitive, passive] | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "devastate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/devastate

Macmillan American Dictionary:

devastate [transitive, passive] | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "devastate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/devastate

Cambridge Dictionary:

devastate [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "devastate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "devastate"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/devastate 1

the Free Dictionary:

devastate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "devastate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "devastate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "devastate" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/devastate

Google Dictionary:

devastate | devastated [past tense] | devastating [present participle] | devastates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "devastate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

devastate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "devastate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=devast​01 word=devastate

YourDictionary Audio:

devastate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "devastate" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/devastate

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