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)

Origin: Desolated; Desolating.

(01 Mar 1998)

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