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BARREN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does barren mean? 

BARREN (noun)
  The noun BARREN has 1 sense:

1. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

  Familiarity information: BARREN used as a noun is very rare.


BARREN (adjective)
  The adjective BARREN has 4 senses:

1. providing no shelter or sustenance
2. completely wanting or lacking
3. not bearing offspring
4. incapable of sustaining life

  Familiarity information: BARREN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BARREN (noun)


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Meaning:

An uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

barren; wasteland; waste

Context examples:

the barrens of central Africa / the trackless wastes of the desert

Hypernyms ("barren" is a kind of...):

wild; wilderness (a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "barren"):

heath; heathland (a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation)


BARREN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Providing no shelter or sustenance

Synonyms:

barren; desolate; bleak; stark; bare

Context examples:

bare rocky hills / barren lands / the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes / the desolate surface of the moon / a stark landscape

Similar:

inhospitable (unfavorable to life or growth)


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Meaning:

Completely wanting or lacking

Synonyms:

devoid; destitute; barren; innocent

Context examples:

writing barren of insight / young recruits destitute of experience / a novel devoid of wit and inventiveness / a life empty of happiness / innocent of literary merit / void of understanding

Similar:

empty (holding or containing nothing)


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Meaning:

Not bearing offspring

Context examples:

a barren woman / learned early in his marriage that he was sterile

Similar:

infertile; sterile; unfertile (incapable of reproducing)


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Meaning:

Incapable of sustaining life

Context example:

the dead and barren Moon

Similar:

dead (not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat)


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