—adj. 1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape. 2. deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.
3. solitary; lonely: a desolate place. 4. having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.
5. dreary; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects.
—v.t. 1. to lay waste; devastate.
2. to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.
3. to make disconsolate.
4. to forsake or abandon.