Definition of ruinate in English:

ruinate

adjective

  • 1In attributive use.

  • 2Chiefly Jamaican. Of land: exhausted and allowed to revert to the wild.

noun

  • Chiefly Jamaican. Formerly cultivated land which has reverted to the wild; a tract of such land.

verb

  • 1with object To reduce (a person) to a state of complete poverty; to deprive of moral or social standing. Also refl. Compare "ruin". Now frequently regional.

  • 2with object To cause great and usually irreparable damage to (something). Compare "ruin" Now chiefly archaic and regional.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin ruinatus, past participle of ruinare ruin<br>mid 16th century. From post-classical Latin ruinat-, past participial stem of ruinare ruin.

Pronunciation

ruinate

/ˈruːɪneɪt//ˈruːɪnət/