desolate: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (adj.des'u-litv.des'u-lāt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
  1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.
  2. deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.
  3. solitary; lonely: a desolate place.
  4. having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.
  5. dreary; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects.
  1. to lay waste; devastate.
  2. to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.
  3. to make disconsolate.
  4. to forsake or abandon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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