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desolate (verb) (usually used in the passive) make a person sad and lonely; to lay waste; destroy (a place).

When a person is desolated, they are made sad and lonely. A person who is desolate is without the company of their near and dear ones. Their death or separation from them desolates the person. That is, the person is left lonely and sad. When a place is attacked by a group of people who destroy the place and force the people there to leave the place, they desolate the place. Invaders in the past often desolated the places they attacked.

  • Mrs. Johnson, the only survivor among her group of friends, was desolated when her husband also died, leaving her alone in her home.
  • Having lost their parents in the plane crash, the children, both of them below ten years of age, have been desolated, as they have none to take care of them and are lonely.
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