devastate devastate  /ˈdɛ və ˌsteɪt/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  2. (v) overwhelm or overpower

Usage(s):

  1. Deadly bushfires devastate the natural habitat and life rhythms of the normally nocturnal marsupials, forcing them into the company of their biggest enemy humans.
  2. In Japan's parliamentary elections, the Prime Minister is out to devastate his foes, transform his party and challenge the status quo.
  3. Regionally a failure at GM would devastate Michigan and other Midwest states.

News

  1. 150 refuse order, forced to flee flood

    Floods continued to devastate communities alongside the surging River Elbe in Germany's northeastern Saxony-Anhalt state Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: CNN

  2. IBM Layoffs Devastate Workers At Essex Junction Facility

    Further IBM layoffs have been slated to take place this Thursday beginning with staffing cuts at IBM’s Essex Junction facility. The layoffs plaguing the Multi-National company were reported on back in March this year with 5000 US based jobs being lost to cheaper labor costs in India. In this latest round of cuts IBM announced that [...] IBM Layoffs Devastate Workers At Essex Junction Facility is ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Thousands more forced from home by Germany flooding

    Floods continued to devastate communities alongside the surging River Elbe in Germany's northeastern Saxony-Anhalt state Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: CNN

Quotes

  1. "The risk of not acting would be far higher," Mr. Bush said. "Further stress on our financial markets would cause massive job losses, devastate retirement accounts and further erode housing values, as well as dry up loans for new homes and...
    on Sep 19, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Financial Post

  2. "Listing more than 3,000 square miles of Cook Inlet as critical habitat would do little to help grow the beluga population, but it would devastate economic opportunities in the region," Parnell, a Republican, said in a statement.
    on Dec 1, 2009 By: Sean Parnell Source: Reuters

  3. "Our nation is facing a housing crisis that could cost millions of families their homes, devastate neighborhoods and seriously damage our economy," Edwards said in a statement. "The Bush plan is months late and more than a million families...
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: John Edwards Source: International Herald Tribune

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