desolate

  • 1 Desolate — Des o*late, a. [L. desolatus, p. p. of desolare to leave alone, forsake; de + solare to make lonely, solus alone. See {Sole}, a.] 1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate… …

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  • 2 desolate — [adj1] unused, barren abandoned, bare, bleak, derelict, desert, destroyed, dreary, empty, forsaken, godforsaken*, isolated, lonely, lonesome, lorn, ruined, solitary, unfrequented, uninhabited, unoccupied, vacant, waste, wild; concepts 485,560 Ant …

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  • 3 Desolate — Des o*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Desolated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desolating}.] 1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a …

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  • 4 desolate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) giving an impression of bleak and dismal emptiness. 2) utterly wretched and unhappy. ► VERB ▪ make desolate. DERIVATIVES desolation noun. ORIGIN from Latin desolare abandon , from solus alone …

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  • 5 desolate — [des′ə lit; ] for v. [, des′əlāt΄] adj. [ME desolat < L desolatus, pp. of desolare, to leave alone, forsake, strip of inhabitants < de , intens. + solare, to make lonely < solus, SOLE2] 1. left alone; lonely; solitary 2. uninhabited;… …

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  • 6 desolate — index barren, bleak (exposed and barren), derelict (abandoned), despoil, despondent, destroy (efface) …

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  • 7 desolate — (adj.) mid 14c., without companions, also uninhabited, from L. desolatus, pp. of desolare leave alone, desert, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + solare make lonely, from solus alone (see SOLE (Cf …

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  • 8 desolate — 1 forlorn, lorn, lonesome, lone, solitary, lonely, *a!one Analogous words: deserted, forsaken, abandoned (see ABANDON): *miserable, wretched Contrasted words: cheerful, lighthearted, joyful, joyous, happy, *glad 2 *dismal, dreary, cheerless,… …

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  • 9 desolate — adj. 1 empty and depressing VERBS ▪ be, seem, stand ▪ The house stands desolate and empty. ▪ become ▪ leave sth …

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  • 10 desolate — desolately, adv. desolateness, n. desolater, desolator, n. adj. /des euh lit/; v. /des euh layt /, adj., v., desolated, desolating. adj. 1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape …

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  • 11 desolate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English desolat, from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare to abandon, from de + solus alone Date: 14th century 1. devoid of inhabitants and visitors ; deserted 2. joyless, disconsolate, and sorrowful… …

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  • 12 desolate — desolates, desolating, desolated (The adjective is pronounced [[t]de̱sələt[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]de̱səleɪt[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED A desolate place is empty of people and lacking in comfort. ...a desolate landscape of flat green fields… …

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  • 13 desolate — des|o|late1 [ˈdesələt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: desolatus, from solus alone ] 1.) a place that is desolate is empty and looks sad because there are no people there ▪ a desolate landscape 2.) someone who is desolate feels very sad… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 desolate — 1 adjective 1 a place that is desolate is empty and looks sad because there are no people there and not much activity: desolate moorland 2 someone who is desolate feels very sad and lonely desolately adverb desolation noun (U) 2 verb (transitive… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 desolate — des|o|late [ desələt ] adjective 1. ) a desolate place is completely empty with no people or pleasant features in it: desolate streets 2. ) feeling very sad and lonely …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 desolate — 1. adjective 1) the desolate prairie Syn: bleak, stark, bare, dismal, grim; wild, inhospitable; deserted, uninhabited, godforsaken, abandoned, unpeopled, untenanted, empty, barren; unfrequented, unvisited …

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  • 17 desolate — adjective 1) desolate moorlands Syn: bleak, stark, bare, dismal, grim, wild, inhospitable, deserted, uninhabited, godforsaken, abandoned, empty, isolated, remote 2) she is desolate …

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  • 18 desolate — UK [ˈdesələt] / US adjective 1) a desolate place is completely empty with no people or pleasant features in it desolate streets 2) feeling very sad and lonely …

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  • 19 desolate — des•o•late adj. [[t]ˈdɛs ə lɪt[/t]] v. [[t] ˌleɪt[/t]] adj. v. lat•ed, lat•ing 1) barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape[/ex] 2) deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; lonely 3) feeling loveless, friendless, or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 desolate — adj. & v. adj. 1 left alone; solitary. 2 (of a building or place) uninhabited, ruined, neglected, barren, dreary, empty (a desolate moor). 3 forlorn; wretched; miserable (was left desolate and weeping). v.tr. 1 depopulate or devastate; lay waste… …

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