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desolate

barren, devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape; deserted; uninhabited; solitary; lonely; feeling abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects
Not to be confused with:
dissolute – indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated; corrupt, loose, debauched, wanton: dissolute actions of a person with no conscience

des·o·late

 (dĕs′ə-lĭt, dĕz′-)
adj.
1.
a. Devoid of inhabitants; deserted: "streets which were usually so thronged now grown desolate" (Daniel Defoe).
b. Barren; lifeless: the rocky, desolate surface of the moon.
2. Feeling, showing, causing, or expressing sadness or loneliness. See Synonyms at sad.
tr.v. (-lāt′) des·o·lat·ed, des·o·lat·ing, des·o·lates
1. To rid or deprive of inhabitants.
2. To lay waste; devastate: "Here we have no wars to desolate our fields" (Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur).
3. To forsake; abandon.
4. To make lonely, forlorn, or wretched.

[Middle English desolat, from Latin dēsōlātus, past participle of dēsōlāre, to abandon : dē-, de- + sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

des′o·late·ly adv.
des′o·late·ness n.
des′o·lat′er, des′o·la′tor n.

desolate

adj
1. uninhabited; deserted
2. made uninhabitable; laid waste; devastated
3. without friends, hope, or encouragement; forlorn, wretched, or abandoned
4. gloomy or dismal; depressing
vb (tr)
5. to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate
6. to make barren or lay waste; devastate
7. to make wretched or forlorn
8. to forsake or abandon
[C14: from Latin dēsōlāre to leave alone, from de- + sōlāre to make lonely, lay waste, from sōlus alone]
ˈdesoˌlater, ˈdesoˌlator n
ˈdesolately adv
ˈdesolateness n

des•o•late

(adj. ˈdɛs ə lɪt; v. -ˌleɪt)

adj., v. -lat•ed, -lat•ing. adj.
1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.
2. deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; lonely.
3. feeling loveless, friendless, or hopeless; forlorn.
4. dreary; dismal: desolate prospects.
v.t.
5. to lay waste; devastate.
6. to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.
7. to make disconsolate; sadden.
8. to forsake or abandon; desert.
[1325–75; < Latin dēsōlātus forsaken, past participle of dēsōlāre=dē- de- + sōlāre to make lonely, derivative of sōlus sole1; see -ate1]
des′o•late•ly, adv.
des′o•late•ness, n.
des′o•lat`er, des′o•la`tor, n.
lonely, lonesome, forlorn, desolate - Lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship, while lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness; forlorn and desolate are even more isolated and sad.
See also related terms for suggestion.

desolate


Past participle: desolated
Gerund: desolating

Imperative
desolate
desolate
Present
I desolate
you desolate
he/she/it desolates
we desolate
you desolate
they desolate
Preterite
I desolated
you desolated
he/she/it desolated
we desolated
you desolated
they desolated
Present Continuous
I am desolating
you are desolating
he/she/it is desolating
we are desolating
you are desolating
they are desolating
Present Perfect
I have desolated
you have desolated
he/she/it has desolated
we have desolated
you have desolated
they have desolated
Past Continuous
I was desolating
you were desolating
he/she/it was desolating
we were desolating
you were desolating
they were desolating
Past Perfect
I had desolated
you had desolated
he/she/it had desolated
we had desolated
you had desolated
they had desolated
Future
I will desolate
you will desolate
he/she/it will desolate
we will desolate
you will desolate
they will desolate
Future Perfect
I will have desolated
you will have desolated
he/she/it will have desolated
we will have desolated
you will have desolated
they will have desolated
Future Continuous
I will be desolating
you will be desolating
he/she/it will be desolating
we will be desolating
you will be desolating
they will be desolating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been desolating
you have been desolating
he/she/it has been desolating
we have been desolating
you have been desolating
they have been desolating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been desolating
you will have been desolating
he/she/it will have been desolating
we will have been desolating
you will have been desolating
they will have been desolating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been desolating
you had been desolating
he/she/it had been desolating
we had been desolating
you had been desolating
they had been desolating
Conditional
I would desolate
you would desolate
he/she/it would desolate
we would desolate
you would desolate
they would desolate
Past Conditional
I would have desolated
you would have desolated
he/she/it would have desolated
we would have desolated
you would have desolated
they would have desolated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.desolate - leave someone who needs or counts on youdesolate - leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"
leave - go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness; "She left a mess when she moved out"; "His good luck finally left him"; "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage"; "she wept thinking she had been left behind"
expose - abandon by leaving out in the open air; "The infant was exposed by the teenage mother"; "After Christmas, many pets get abandoned"
walk out - leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval; "She walked out on her husband and children"
ditch - forsake; "ditch a lover"
maroon, strand - leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue; "the travellers were marooned"
2.desolate - reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
shrink, reduce - reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
3.desolate - cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
ruin - reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"
Adj.1.desolate - providing no shelter or sustenancedesolate - 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"
inhospitable - unfavorable to life or growth; "the barren inhospitable desert"; "inhospitable mountain areas"
2.desolate - crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low desolate wail"
disconsolate, inconsolable, unconsolable - sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled; "inconsolable when her son died"

desolate

verb
1. deject, depress, distress, discourage, dismay, grieve, daunt, dishearten I was desolated by the news.
deject encourage, cheer, nourish, hearten
2. destroy, ruin, devastate, ravage, lay low, lay waste, despoil, depopulate A great famine desolated the country.

desolate

adjective
3. Having been given up and left alone:
4. Dejected due to the awareness of being alone:
verb
To destroy completely as or as if by conquering:
Idiom: lay waste.
Translations
بائِس، تَعيسمُقْفِر، قاحِل
deprimovanýpustýskleslý
forladtfortvivletødetrøstesløsulykkelig
hüljatudkõle
vigasztalan
eyîileguróhamingjusamur
negyvenamasnuniokojimasvienišumas
neapdzīvotsnelaimīgspamestsvientulīgs

desolate

A. [ˈdesəlɪt] ADJ [place] → desolado, desierto; [outlook, future] → desolador; [person] (= griefstricken) → desolado, afligido; (= friendless) → solitario
B. [ˈdesəleɪt] VT [+ place] → asolar, arrasar; [+ person] → desolar, afligir
we were utterly desolatedquedamos profundamente desolados or afligidos

desolate

[ˈdɛsələt] adj
[place] → désolé(e)
[person] → affligé(e)

desolate

adj
place (= bleak)trostlos; (= devastated)verwüstet; landscapetrostlos, öde; beautyeinsam
(= lonely, sad) persontrostlos; feeling, cryverzweifelt; she looked desolatesie wirkte trostlos; he was desolate without herohne sie fühlte er sich einsam und verlassen
vt (liter) placeverwüsten

desolate

[ˈdɛsəlɪt] adj (place) → desolato/a, deserto/a; (building) → abbandonato/a; (outlook, future) → nero/a; (person, grief-stricken) → affranto/a (dal dolore), desolato/a; (friendless) → abbandonato/a da tutti

desolate

(ˈdesələt) adjective
1. (of landscapes, areas etc) very lonely or barren. desolate moorland.
2. very sad, lonely and unhappy.
desoˈlation noun
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