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desolate

adjective uk   us   /ˈdes.əl.ət/

desolate adjective (EMPTY)

A desolate place is empty and not attractive, with no people or nothing pleasant in it: The house stood in a bleak and desolate landscape.

desolate adjective (SAD)

extremely sad and feeling alone: She felt desolate when her best friend moved away.
desolated
adjective [after verb] uk   /ˈdes.əl.eɪ.tɪd/  us   /-t̬ɪd/
She was desolated at the loss of her sister.
desolately
adverb uk   us   /-li/
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