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Definition 1: reduce in population - [verb of change]

Samples where desolate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The epidemic depopulated the countryside

Synonyms for desolate in the sense of this definition

(desolate is a kind of ...) reduce in size; reduce physically

"Hot water will shrink the sweater" "Can you shrink this image?"

Definition 2: cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly - [verb of change]

Samples where desolate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

Synonyms for desolate in the sense of this definition

(desolate is a kind of ...) destroy completely; damage irreparably

"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!" "The tears ruined her make-up"

(... is a kind of desolate ) reduce to ruins

"The country lay ruined after the war"

Definition 3: leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch - [verb of cognition]

Samples where desolate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The mother deserted her children

Synonyms for desolate in the sense of this definition

(desolate is a kind of ...) go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness

"She left a mess when she moved out" "His good luck finally left him" "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage" "she wept thinking she had been left behind"

(... is a kind of desolate ) abandon by leaving out in the open air

"The infant was exposed by the teenage mother" "After Christmas, many pets get abandoned"

(... is a kind of desolate ) leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval

"She walked out on her husband and children"

(... is a kind of desolate ) forsake

"ditch a lover"

(... is a kind of desolate ) leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

"the travellers were marooned"

Definition 4: crushed by grief - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desolate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • depressed and desolate of soul
  • a low desolate wail

(desolate is similar to ...) sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled

"inconsolable when her son died"

Definition 5: providing no shelter or sustenance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desolate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bare rocky hills
  • barren lands
  • the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes
  • the desolate surface of the moon
  • a stark landscape

Synonyms for desolate in the sense of this definition

(desolate is similar to ...) unfavorable to life or growth

"the barren inhospitable desert" "inhospitable mountain areas"

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