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desolate

desolate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word desolate

Definition
(verb) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
Synonyms : abandon , desert , forsake
Example Sentence
  • The mother deserted her children

Definition
(verb) reduce in population
Synonyms : depopulate
Example Sentence
  • The epidemic depopulated the countryside

Definition
(verb) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
Example Sentence
  • The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

Definition
(adj) providing no shelter or sustenance
Synonyms : bare , barren , bleak , stark
Example Sentence
  • bare rocky hills
  • barren lands
  • the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes
  • the desolate surface of the moon
  • a stark landscape

Definition
(adj) crushed by grief
Example Sentence
  • depressed and desolate of soul
  • a low desolate wail

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for desolate

de + solate sounds like I + SOLATE..and who lives an isolated life? Obviously a person who has been ABANDONED by his family.
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by preetisoni2411

I-SOLATE. Being the last survior after the destruction.
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by Pipppi

DE+SO+LATE = If DESis are always late (like always ;)) then the country will remain robbed of joy; lay waste to corruption; etc...
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by prasad.sharath

desolate: de(the) + sol (solution) + ate (eaten); The solution of the examination destroyed, Therefore we are unhappy.
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by shaktipada

desolate-> de+isolate abandon and desert
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by sansecretcp

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