desolate

If you feel alone, left out, and devastated, you feel desolate. A deserted, empty, depressing place can be desolate too.

If you know the word deserted, you have a clue to the meaning of desolate, a grim word that can describes feelings and places. When a person feels desolate, he feels deserted, lonely, hopeless, and sad. When a location is desolate, there's almost nothing there. Think of a rundown cabin in the middle of nowhere, with no running water and no stores or other people anywhere. That's a desolate setting. Being in a desolate place usually makes people feel desolate.

DEFINITIONS OF: desolate

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adj providing no shelter or sustenance

“the desolate surface of the moon”
Synonyms:
bare, barren, bleak, stark
inhospitable
unfavorable to life or growth

adj crushed by grief

“depressed and desolate of soul”
“a low desolate wail”
Synonyms
disconsolate, inconsolable, unconsolable
sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled

v cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

Synonyms:
devastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge, waste
Types:
ruin
reduce to ruins
Type of:
destroy, ruin
destroy completely; damage irreparably

v reduce in population

Synonyms:
depopulate
Type of:
reduce, shrink
reduce in size; reduce physically

v leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Synonyms:
abandon, desert, forsake
Types:
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expose
abandon by leaving out in the open air
walk out
leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval
ditch
forsake
maroon, strand
leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
Type of:
leave
go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness

WORD FORMS

adj
providing no shelter or sustenance
1 desolate
v
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
2 desolate
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