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Meaning of DESOLATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]'desulit, [v]'desu`leyt, 'desulut

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  1. [adj]  made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare; "a wasted landscape"
  2. [adj]  pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; "desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn"
  3. [adj]  crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low desolate wail"
  4. [adj]  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"
  5. [v]  devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
  6. [v]  reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
  7. [v]  leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"

DESOLATE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abandon, bare, barren, blasted, bleak, depopulate, desert, desolated, destroyed, devastate, devastated, disconsolate, forlorn, forsake, forsaken, godforsaken, inconsolable, inhospitable, lay waste to, lorn, ravage, ravaged, ruined, stark, unconsolable, waste, wasted
 See Also: destroy, ditch, expose, leave, maroon, reduce, ruin, shrink, strand, walk out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Des"o*late\, a. [L. desolatus, p. p. of desolare to
    leave alone, forsake; de- + solare to make lonely, solus
    alone. See {Sole}, a.]
    1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted;
       uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a
       desolate wilderness; a desolate house.
             I will make Jerusalem . . . a den of dragons, and I
             will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an
             inhabitant.                           --Jer. ix. 11.
             And the silvery marish flowers that throng The
             desolate creeks and pools among.      --Tennyson.
    2. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed;
       as, desolate altars.
    3. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
             Have mercy upon, for I am desolate.   --Ps. xxv. 16.
             Voice of the poor and desolate.       --Keble.
    4. Lost to shame; dissolute. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    5. Destitute of; lacking in. [Obs.]
             I were right now of tales desolate.   --Chaucer.
    Syn: Desert; uninhabited; lonely; waste.
  2. \Des"o*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Desolated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Desolating}.]
    1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of
       inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the
    2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a
             Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war.
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