desolate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"desolate" in British English

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desolateadjective

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 ​housestood in a ​bleak and desolate ​landscape.

desolate adjective (SAD)

extremelysad and ​feelingalone: She felt desolate when her ​bestfriendmoved 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/
(Definition of desolate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"desolate" in American English

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desolateadjective

 us   /ˈdes·ə·lət/

desolate adjective (EMPTY)

(of a ​place) having no ​living things; ​empty: a desolate ​landscape

desolate adjective (SAD)

(of a ​person) ​extremelysad and ​feelingalone: When her ​sonleft for a ​yearabroad, she ​felt desolate.
(Definition of desolate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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