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adjective: desolate


  1. (of place) uninhabited and giving an impression of bleak emptiness.
  2. (of person) feeling or showing great unhappiness or loneliness.


verb: desolate


  • 3rd person present: desolates;
  • past tense: desolated;
  • past participle: desolated;
  • gerund or present participle: desolating.


  1. make (a place) appear bleakly empty.
  2. make (someone) feel utterly wretched and unhappy.


noun: desolate


  1. (of place) lonely or uninhabited.
  2. (of person) the state or situation of being alone.