1. To deprive of inhabitants.
  2. To devastate or lay waste somewhere.
  3. To abandon or forsake something.
  4. To make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless.


  1. Deserted and devoid of inhabitants.
    a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house
  2. Barren and lifeless.
  3. Made unfit for habitation or use; laid waste; neglected; destroyed.
    desolate altars
  4. Dismal or dreary.
  5. Sad, forlorn and hopeless.
    He was left desolate by the early death of his wife.

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