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 describe 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
  1. adjective
    providing no shelter or sustenance
    “the desolate surface of the moon”
    synonyms: bare, barren, bleak, stark
    unfavorable to life or growth
  2. adjective
    forsaken by owner or inhabitants
    synonyms: abandoned, derelict, deserted
    not having inhabitants; not lived in
  3. adjective
    crushed by grief
    “depressed and desolate of soul”
    “a low desolate wail”
    disconsolate, inconsolable, unconsolable
    sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled
  4. verb
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    synonyms: devastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge, waste
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    reduce to ruins
    type of:
    destroy, ruin
    destroy completely; damage irreparably
  5. verb
    reduce in population
    synonyms: depopulate
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    type of:
    reduce, shrink
    reduce in size; reduce physically
  6. verb
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    synonyms: abandon, desert, forsake
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    abandon by leaving out in the open air
    walk out
    leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval
    maroon, strand
    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
    type of:
    go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
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