|Devastate||Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly||Ruin, Wreck, Depredate (to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.), Ravage (to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.), Lay waste to, Scourge|
|Enjoin||1. Issue an injunction|
2. Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority/to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis: The doctor enjoined a strict diet.
|Impose, restrain, order, instruct|
|Instigate||Provoke or stir up||Incite, provoke, stir up, set off, prompt, Pique (to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge/to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.)|
|Effectuate||Produce/to bring about; effect.||Bring about, Bring off, Bring on, Lead to, touch off, Stir, Induce|
|Expedite||To speed up the progress of; hasten: to expedite shipments.||Hasten|
|Preempt||1. Acquire for oneself before others can do so|
2. Take the place of or have precedence over (“live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour”)
3. To occupy (land) in order to establish a prior right to buy.
|Coerce||To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means||Bulldoze, Blackjack (to compel by threat/to strike or beat with a blackjack.)|
|Extirpate||1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate|
2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.
|Stamp out, efface, annihilate, exterminate|
|Commandeer||Take arbitrarily or by force||Highjack, Arrogate, Enslave|
|Embroil||1. To bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.|
2. To throw into confusion; complicate.
|Entangled, tangle, enmesh, perplex|