1 empty and depressing
VERBS be, seem, stand The house stands desolate and empty. | become | leave sth The land was left desolate.
ADV. completely, quite The landscape was quite desolate. | rather a rather desolate place
2 very unhappy
VERBS be, feel, look, sound He looked as desolate as Ruth felt. | become
ADV. quite, utterly She was utterly desolate after losing her baby. | a little Her voice sounded a little desolate.