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DESOLATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does desolate mean? 

DESOLATE (adjective)
  The adjective DESOLATE has 2 senses:

1. providing no shelter or sustenance
2. crushed by grief

  Familiarity information: DESOLATE used as an adjective is rare.


DESOLATE (verb)
  The verb DESOLATE has 3 senses:

1. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
2. reduce in population
3. devastate or ravage

  Familiarity information: DESOLATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESOLATE (adjective)


Sense 1desolate [BACK TO TOP]

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)


Sense 2desolate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Crushed by grief

Context examples:

depressed and desolate of soul / a low desolate wail

Similar:

disconsolate; inconsolable; unconsolable (sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled)


DESOLATE (verb)


Sense 1desolate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

forsake; desolate; desert; abandon

Context example:

The mother deserted her children

Hypernyms (to "desolate" is one way to...):

leave (go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "desolate"):

expose (abandon by leaving out in the open air)

walk out (leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval)

ditch (forsake)

maroon; strand (leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2desolate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reduce in population

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

depopulate; desolate

Context example:

The epidemic depopulated the countryside

Hypernyms (to "desolate" is one way to...):

reduce; shrink (reduce in size; reduce physically)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3desolate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Devastate or ravage

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

devastate; lay waste to; ravage; desolate; scourge; waste

Context example:

The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

Hypernyms (to "desolate" is one way to...):

destroy; ruin (destroy completely; damage irreparably)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "desolate"):

ruin (reduce to ruins)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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