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Dictionary definition for: Desolate

1. (v) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"

2. (s) 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"

3. (v) reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"

4. (s) pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; "desolate and despairing" "left forlorn"

5. (v) devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

6. (s) crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul" "a low desolate wail"

7. (s) made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare; "a wasted landscape"

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