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  1. de·sert
    IPA[dəˈzərt]
  2. verb

    • 1. abandon (a person, cause, or organization) in a way considered disloyal or treacherous:

      we feel our public representatives have deserted us
      Synonym : abandon, leave, give up, cast off, turn one's back on, throw over, betray, jilt, break (up) with, neglect, shun, leave high and dry, leave in the lurch, leave behind, strand, leave stranded, maroon, relinquish, renounce, walk/run out on, rat on, drop, dump, ditch, give someone the push, give someone the big E, bin off, forsake, renounce, renege on, repudiate, forswear, relinquish, wash one's hands of, have no more truck with, have done with, abjure, disavow, abandon, turn one's back on, betray, apostatize, recant, forsake, disprofess
    • 2. (of a number of people) leave (a place), causing it to appear empty:

      good weather came after the summer hordes had deserted the beaches
    • 3. (of a quality or ability) fail (someone), especially at a crucial moment when most needed:

      her luck deserted her
    • 4. (of a soldier) illegally run away from military service:

      his life in the regiment had been such a hell that he decided to desert
      Synonym : abscond, defect, run away, make off, decamp, flee, fly, bolt, turn tail, go absent without leave, take French leave, depart, quit, escape, go AWOL
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: desert, 3rd person present: deserts, gerund or present participle: deserting, past tense: deserted, past participle: deserted

    • noun

      a dry, barren area of land, especially one covered with sand, that is characteristically desolate, waterless, and without vegetation.

      a situation or area considered dull and uninteresting:

    • adjective

      like a desert:

      uninhabited and desolate:

    • noun

      a waterless, desolate area of land with little or no vegetation, typically one covered with sand:

      a situation or place considered dull and uninteresting:

    • adjective

      like a desert:

      uninhabited and desolate:

    • verb

      abandon (a person, cause, or organization) in a way considered disloyal or treacherous:

      (of people) leave (a place), causing it to appear empty:

    • adjective

      (of a place) empty of people:
    • plural

      a person's worthiness or entitlement to reward or punishment:
    • adjective

      (of a place) empty of people:
    • plural

      what a person deserves with regard to reward or (more usually) punishment:
    • noun

      a flowerlike aggregate of crystals of a mineral occurring in arid areas.

      a succulent plant with pink, tubular flowers and a swollen, woody stem containing toxic, milky sap that is sometimes used for arrow poison. It is native to East Africa and Arabia.

    • the desert in eastern Egypt, between the Nile and the Red Sea.
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