how to pronounce desolate


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desolate is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of desolate in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… to desolate you have to agree on …”

meanings of desolate


  1. Made unfit for habitation or use because of neglect, destruction etc.
  2. Barren and lifeless.
  3. Dismal or dreary.
  4. Deserted and devoid of inhabitants.
  5. Sad, forlorn and hopeless.


  1. To make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless.
  2. To abandon or forsake something.
  3. To devastate or lay waste somewhere.
  4. To deprive of inhabitants.

desolate frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word desolate occurs in english on average 2.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics desolate can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that desolate can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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