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Definition of desolate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    desolate

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈdesələt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesələt//
     
    Unhappiness, Loneliness, Describing geographic regions
     
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  1. 1(of a place) empty and without people, making you feel sad or frightened a bleak and desolate landscape See related entries: Describing geographic regions
  2. 2very lonely and unhappy synonym forlorn The thought that her husband did not want the baby made her feel utterly desolate. See related entries: Unhappiness, Loneliness
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin desolatus ‘abandoned’, past participle of desolare, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + solus ‘alone’.Extra examples Her voice sounded a little desolate. She was utterly desolate after losing her baby. The house stands desolate and empty. The land was left desolate. The landscape was completely desolate. a rather desolate place It was difficult to imagine a more desolate place. The forest was now a desolate wasteland of charred tree stumps. There stretched out before them miles of utterly wild and desolate terrain. They looked out on a bleak and desolate landscape. They were far from their families, desolate and frightened.
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