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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lay waste to mean? 

  The verb LAY WASTE TO has 1 sense:

1. devastate or ravage

  Familiarity information: LAY WASTE TO used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1lay waste to [BACK TO TOP]


Devastate or ravage

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


devastate; lay waste to; ravage; desolate; scourge; waste

Context example:

The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

Hypernyms (to "lay waste to" is one way to...):

destroy; ruin (destroy completely; damage irreparably)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lay waste to"):

ruin (reduce to ruins)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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