What does desolate mean?

Definitions for desolate
ˈdɛs ə lɪt; -ˌleɪtdes·o·late

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word desolate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark(adj)

    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"

  2. desolate(verb)

    crushed by grief

    "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low desolate wail"

  3. abandon, forsake, desolate, desert(verb)

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

    "The mother deserted her children"

  4. depopulate, desolate(verb)

    reduce in population

    "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"

  5. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge(verb)

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

    "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"


  1. desolate(Verb)

    To deprive of inhabitants.

  2. desolate(Verb)

    To devastate or lay waste somewhere.

  3. desolate(Verb)

    To abandon or forsake something.

  4. desolate(Verb)

    To make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless.

  5. desolate(Adjective)

    Deserted and devoid of inhabitants.

  6. desolate(Adjective)

    Barren and lifeless.

  7. desolate(Adjective)

    Made unfit for habitation or use.

  8. desolate(Adjective)

    Dismal or dreary.

  9. desolate(Adjective)

    Sad, forlorn and hopeless.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desolate(adj)

    destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house

  2. Desolate(adj)

    laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars

  3. Desolate(adj)

    left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless

  4. Desolate(adj)

    lost to shame; dissolute

  5. Desolate(adj)

    destitute of; lacking in

  6. Desolate(verb)

    to make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood

  7. Desolate(verb)

    to lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Desolate

    des′o-lāt, v.t. to make solitary: to deprive of inhabitants: to lay waste.—adj. solitary: destitute of inhabitants: laid waste.—adv. Des′olately.—ns. Des′olateness; Desolat′er, -or; Desolā′tion, waste: destruction: a place desolated.—adj. Des′olatory. [L. desolāre, -ātumde, inten., and solāre, to make alone—solus, alone.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of desolate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of desolate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of desolate in a Sentence

  1. David Benjamin:

    It's pretty desolate up here, and it's built on the side of the mountain, so if you try to get out, once you get out, you have no idea where you're going, it's a good place to keep people that don't want to be here.

  2. George Eliot:

    No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.

  3. Ricardo Ross:

    Every time I walk past, their home is desolate, it just looks scary.

  4. Sanjay Gupta:

    It was sparse, desolate, and for most requirements we would have to go to New Delhi, it was a distance away from everything that we needed.

  5. Arthur O'Shaunessey:

    We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.

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  • مهجورArabic
  • пуст, необитаван, опустошавам, обезлюдявам, безлюден, безутешен, безнадежден, необитаемBulgarian
  • öde, verlassen, trostlosGerman
  • solitarioSpanish
  • hüljatud, kõleEstonian
  • خالی از سکنهPersian
  • masentaa, autioittaa, hylätä, hävittääFinnish
  • ravager, désoler, désoléFrench
  • उजाड़, बंजर, वीरान, निर्जन, सुनसानHindi
  • lakhatatlan, kihalt, reménytelen, elhagyatottHungarian
  • լքված, ամայի, անմխիթար, թշվառ, բարձիթողի, անբնակArmenian
  • terpencilIndonesian
  • deserto, desolato, nero, abbandonatoItalian
  • שומםHebrew
  • 寂しい, 寂れたJapanese
  • tūheaMāori
  • pustkowiemPolish
  • abandonat, deșertRomanian
  • упадочный, оскудевший, покинутый, необитаемый, пустынный, безнадëжный, скудныйRussian
  • தனித்துவிடப்பட்டTamil
  • 荒凉Chinese

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