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desolateadjective

uk   /ˈdes.əl.ət/ 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.
desolated
adjective [after verb] uk   /ˈdes.əl.eɪ.tɪd/ us   /ˈdes.əl.eɪ.t̬ɪd/
She was desolated at the loss of her sister.
desolately
adverb uk   /ˈdes.əl.ət.li/ us   /ˈdes.əl.ət.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) extremely sad and feeling alone: When her son left for a year abroad, she felt desolate.
(Definition of desolate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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