ravage

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈrævɪdʒ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈrævɪdʒ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ravij)

Inflections of 'ravage' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
ravages
v 3rd person singular
ravaging
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
ravaged
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
ravaged
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
rav•age /ˈrævɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   v.,  -aged, -ag•ing, n. 
v. [+ object]
  1. to damage or injure severely:The storm ravaged the coastline.

n.  ravages, [plural]
  1. great damage, destruction, or ruin:the ravages of war.
See -rape-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
rav•age  (ravij),USA pronunciation v.,  -aged, -ag•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to work havoc upon;
    damage or mar by ravages:a face ravaged by grief.

v.i. 
  1. to work havoc;
    do ruinous damage.

n. 
  1. havoc;
    ruinous damage:the ravages of war.
  2. devastating or destructive action.
ravage•ment, n. 
ravag•er, n. 
  • French, Middle French, equivalent. to rav(ir) to ravish + -age -age
  • 1605–15
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ruin, despoil, plunder, pillage, sack.
      Ravage, devastate, lay waste all refer, in their literal application, to the wholesale destruction of a countryside by an invading army (or something comparable).
      Lay waste has remained the closest to the original meaning of destruction of land:The invading army laid waste the towns along the coast.But
      ravage and
      devastate are used in reference to other types of violent destruction and may also have a purely figurative application.
      Ravage is often used of the results of epidemics:The Black Plague ravaged 14th-century Europe;
      and even of the effect of disease or suffering on the human countenance:a face ravaged by despair.Devastate, in addition to its concrete meaning (vast areas devastated by bombs), may be used figuratively:a devastating remark.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ruin, waste, desolation.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged build, repair.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged creation.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ravage /ˈrævɪdʒ/ vb
  1. to cause extensive damage to
n
  1. (often plural) destructive action: the ravages of time
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Old French ravir to snatch away, ravish

ˈravagement n ˈravager n
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