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, starkadjective

    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. desolateverb

    crushed by grief

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

  3. abandon, forsake, desolate, desertverb

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

    "The mother deserted her children"

  4. depopulate, desolateverb

    reduce in population

    "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"

  5. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourgeverb

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

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

Wiktionary

  1. desolateverb

    To deprive of inhabitants.

  2. desolateverb

    To devastate or lay waste somewhere.

  3. desolateverb

    To abandon or forsake something.

  4. desolateverb

    To make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless.

  5. desolateadjective

    Deserted and devoid of inhabitants.

  6. desolateadjective

    Barren and lifeless.

  7. desolateadjective

    Made unfit for habitation or use.

  8. desolateadjective

    Dismal or dreary.

  9. desolateadjective

    Sad, forlorn and hopeless.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desolateadjective

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

  2. Desolateadjective

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

  3. Desolateadjective

    left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless

  4. Desolateadjective

    lost to shame; dissolute

  5. Desolateadjective

    destitute of; lacking in

  6. Desolateverb

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

  7. Desolateverb

    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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Numerology

  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. Buzz Aldrin:

    I guess I said that because it was magnificent, we had gotten there, and it looked pretty desolate. But it was magnificent desolation. I think Neil remarked the beauty, too.

  2. 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.

  3. Ricardo Ross:

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

  4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.

  5. 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.

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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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