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Meaning & Definition of Desolate in English

English

Desolate

/dɛsələt/

verb

1. Leave someone who needs or counts on you

  • Leave in the lurch
  • "The mother deserted her children"
    synonym:
  • abandon
  • ,
  • forsake
  • ,
  • desolate
  • ,
  • desert

2. Reduce in population

  • "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
    synonym:
  • depopulate
  • ,
  • desolate

3. Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

  • "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    synonym:
  • lay waste to
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • devastate
  • ,
  • desolate
  • ,
  • ravage
  • ,
  • scourge

adjective

1. Providing no shelter or sustenance

  • "Bare rocky hills"
  • "Barren lands"
  • "The bleak treeless regions of the high andes"
  • "The desolate surface of the moon"
  • "A stark landscape"
    synonym:
  • bare
  • ,
  • barren
  • ,
  • bleak
  • ,
  • desolate
  • ,
  • stark

2. Crushed by grief

  • "Depressed and desolate of soul"
  • "A low desolate wail"
    synonym:
  • desolate