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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desolate  \Des"o*late\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Desolated};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Desolating}.] 
  1.  To  make  desolate;  to  leave  alone;  to  deprive  of 
  inhabitants;  as  the  earth  was  nearly  desolated  by  the 
  flood. 
 
  2.  To  lay  waste;  to  ruin;  to  ravage;  as  a  fire  desolates  a 
  city. 
 
  Constructed  in  the  very  heart  of  a  desolating  war. 
  --Sparks. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desolate  \Des"o*late\,  a.  [L.  desolatus  p.  p.  of  desolare  to 
  leave  alone,  forsake;  de-  +  solare  to  make  lonely,  solus 
  alone.  See  {Sole},  a.] 
  1.  Destitute  or  deprived  of  inhabitants;  deserted; 
  uninhabited;  hence  gloomy;  as  a  desolate  isle;  a 
  desolate  wilderness;  a  desolate  house. 
 
  I  will  make  Jerusalem  .  .  .  a  den  of  dragons,  and  I 
  will  make  the  cities  of  Judah  desolate,  without  an 
  inhabitant.  --Jer.  ix  11. 
 
  And  the  silvery  marish  flowers  that  throng  The 
  desolate  creeks  and  pools  among.  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  Laid  waste;  in  a  ruinous  condition;  neglected;  destroyed; 
  as  desolate  altars. 
 
  3.  Left  alone;  forsaken;  lonely;  comfortless. 
 
  Have  mercy  upon  for  I  am  desolate.  --Ps.  xxv.  16. 
 
  Voice  of  the  poor  and  desolate.  --Keble. 
 
  4.  Lost  to  shame;  dissolute.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  5.  Destitute  of  lacking  in  [Obs.] 
 
  I  were  right  now  of  tales  desolate.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Syn:  Desert;  uninhabited;  lonely;  waste. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  desolate 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {bare},  {barren},  {bleak},  {stark}] 
  2:  pitiable  in  circumstances  especially  through  abandonment; 
  "desolate  and  despairing";  "left  forlorn"  [syn:  {forlorn}, 
  {godforsaken},  {lorn}] 
  3:  crushed  by  grief;  "depressed  and  desolate  of  soul";  "a  low 
  desolate  wail" 
  4:  made  uninhabitable;  "upon  this  blasted  heath"-  Shakespeare; 
  "a  wasted  landscape"  [syn:  {blasted},  {desolated},  {devastated}, 
  {ravaged},  {ruined},  {wasted}] 
  v  1:  leave  someone  who  needs  or  counts  on  you  leave  in  the 
  lurch;  "The  mother  deserted  her  children"  [syn:  {abandon}, 
  {forsake},  {desert},  {lurch}] 
  2:  reduce  in  population;  "The  epidemic  depopulated  the 
  countryside"  [syn:  {depopulate}] 
  3:  devastate  or  ravage;  "The  enemy  lay  waste  to  the  countryside 
  after  the  invasion"  [syn:  {lay  waste  to},  {waste},  {devastate}, 
  {ravage}] 




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