devastating

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From the verb devastate: (⇒ conjugate)
devastating is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dev•as•tat•ing /ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. destroying terribly;
    ruining:a devastating fire.
  2. crushing, shocking, and overwhelming:the devastating loss of his sons.
  3. cutting;
    cleverly or intelligently said or done:devastating arguments against every proposal I made.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dev•as•tat•ing  (devə stā′ting),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. tending or threatening to devastate:a devastating fire.
  2. satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way:a devastating portrayal of society.
devas•tat′ing•ly, adv. 
  • devastate + -ing2 1625–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
devastating /ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪŋ/ adj
  1. extremely effective in a destructive way: a devastating war, a devastating report on urban deprivation

ˈdevasˌtatingly adv
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dev•as•tate /ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -tat•ed, -tat•ing. 
  1. to destroy terribly; ruin:The fire devastated the city.
  2. to overwhelm;
    crush:This latest piece of bad news devastated us.
dev•as•ta•tion /ˌdɛvəˈsteɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]devastation caused by the earthquake.
dev•as•ta•tor, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dev•as•tate  (devə stāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -tat•ed, -tat•ing. 
  1. to lay waste;
    render desolate:The invaders devastated the city.
  2. to overwhelm.
devas•ta′tive, adj. 
devas•ta′tor, n. 
  • Latin dēvastātus laid waste (past participle of dēvastāre), equivalent. to dē- de- + vast(āre) to lay waste (akin to vastus empty) + -ātus -ate1
  • 1625–35
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged destroy, sack, despoil. See  ravage. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
devastate /ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy
  2. to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin dēvastāre, from de- + vastāre to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty

ˌdevasˈtation n ˈdevasˌtator n
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