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Adjective desolate has 4 senses
  1. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark - providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"
    Antonym: hospitable (indirect, via inhospitable)
  2. desolate, forlorn, godforsaken, lorn - pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; "desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn"
    Antonym: unforsaken (indirect, via forsaken)
  3. desolate - crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low desolate wail"
    consolable (indirect, via inconsolable)
  4. blasted, desolate, desolated, devastated, ravaged, ruined, wasted - made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare; "a wasted landscape"
    Antonym: preserved (indirect, via destroyed)
Verb desolate has 3 senses
  1. abandon, forsake, desolate, desert - leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"
    --1 is one way to leave
    Derived form: noun desolation3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  2. depopulate, desolate - reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
    --2 is one way to shrink, reduce
    Derived form: noun desolation4
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge - devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    --3 is one way to destroy, ruin
    Derived forms: noun desolation2, noun desolation1, noun desolation4
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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