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barren

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1 producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation
  • If the fields aren't allowed to lie idle once every few years, they will become barren.
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2 not able to produce fruit or offspring
  • The pear tree appears to be barren.
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3 producing no results
  • That line of investigation proved barren, so the police tried other avenues.
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in vain, no dice, not worth the candle, of no avail

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4 utterly lacking in something needed, wanted, or expected
  • Their proposal for revitalizing the downtown business district is utterly barren of useful ideas.
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bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable.
    • an apartment with bare walls
naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness.
    • poor half-naked children
nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure.
    • a nude model posing for art students
bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness.
    • a bald mountain peak
barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility.
    • barren plains

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land that is uninhabited or not fit for crops
  • lived out in the barrens where it was impossible to grow anything
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