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desolate

des·o·late

desolate

 
 
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: de s liht [or] de z liht
definition 1: without those things necessary or desirable for life; bleak; barren.
a desolate island
synonyms:
bleak, inhospitable
similar words:
barren, desert, forbidding, stark, unfriendly, uninviting, waste
definition 2: having no inhabitants or dwellings; deserted; lonely.
synonyms:
deserted, lonely, lonesome, uninhabited
antonyms:
populous
similar words:
abandoned, barren, forlorn, isolated, out-of-the-way, remote, secluded, unfrequented, unoccupied, vacant
definition 3: feeling friendless or hopeless.
synonyms:
abandoned, discouraged, forlorn, forsaken, hopeless, lonely, lonesome
similar words:
dejected, depressed, despondent, doleful, downcast, downhearted, low-spirited, melancholy, mournful, sad, woebegone, woeful
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: de s leIt [or] de z leIt
inflections: desolated, desolates, desolating
definition 1: to make bleak, barren, or uninhabitable.
The spread of deserts has desolated much farmland.
synonyms:
devastate, lay waste, ravage
similar words:
despoil, destroy, gut, level, raze, ruin, spoil, strip, waste
definition 2: to remove inhabitants or dwellings; cause to be deserted.
synonyms:
cast out, depopulate, evacuate
similar words:
dispossess, eject, evict, expel
definition 3: to make (someone) feel lonely, friendless, or hopeless.
Her divorce desolated her.
synonyms:
deject, devastate
similar words:
depress, discourage, dishearten, distress, grieve, oppress, pain, trouble, wound
derivations: desolately (adv.), desolator (desolater) (n.)
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The word desolate contains the following part:
sol2, soli Latin root that means alone