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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



2. desolate crushed by grief

SamplesDepressed and desolate of soul.
A low desolate wail.

Similardisconsolate, inconsolable, unconsolable


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.


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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