Meaning of “desolate” in the English Dictionary

"desolate" in British English

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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)