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English adjective: desolate

1. desolate providing no shelter or sustenance


SamplesBare rocky hills.
Barren lands.
The bleak treeless regions of the high Andes.
The desolate surface of the moon.
A stark landscape.


Synonymsbare, barren, bleak, stark


Similarinhospitable


Antonymshospitable

2. desolate crushed by grief


SamplesDepressed and desolate of soul.
A low desolate wail.


Similardisconsolate, inconsolable, unconsolable


Antonymsconsolable


English verb: desolate

1. desolate (cognition) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch


SamplesThe mother deserted her children.


Synonymsabandon, desert, forsake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)leave


Narrower (hyponym)ditch, expose, maroon, strand, walk out

2. desolate (change) reduce in population


SamplesThe epidemic depopulated the countryside.


Synonymsdepopulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)reduce, shrink

3. desolate (change) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly


SamplesThe enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion.


Synonymsdevastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge, waste


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)destroy, ruin


Narrower (hyponym)ruin









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