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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 des·o·late /ˈdɛsələt, ˈdɛzə-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Des·o·late v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desolated; p. pr. & vb. n. Desolating.]
 1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood.
 2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city.
    Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war.   --Sparks.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Des·o·late a.
 1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house.
    I will make Jerusalem . . . a den of dragons, and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.   --Jer. ix. 11.
 And the silvery marish flowers that throng
 The desolate creeks and pools among.   --Tennyson.
 2. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars.
 3. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
    Have mercy upon, for I am desolate.   --Ps. xxv. 16.
    Voice of the poor and desolate.   --Keble.
 4. Lost to shame; dissolute. [Obs.]
 5. Destitute of; lacking in. [Obs.]
    I were right now of tales desolate.   --Chaucer.
 Syn: -- Desert; uninhabited; lonely; waste.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills";
             "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the
             high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a
             stark landscape" [syn: bare, barren, bleak, stark]
      2: pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment;
         "desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn" [syn: forlorn,
          godforsaken, lorn]
      3: crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low
         desolate wail"
      4: made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare;
         "a wasted landscape" [syn: blasted, desolated, devastated,
          ravaged, ruined, wasted]
      v 1: leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the
           lurch; "The mother deserted her children" [syn: abandon,
            forsake, desert]
      2: reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the
         countryside" [syn: depopulate]
      3: devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside
         after the invasion" [syn: lay waste to, waste, devastate,
          ravage, scourge]