Meaning of DEFECT in English



Function: verb

to desert a cause or party often in order to espouse another FF1C; he defected from the Communist party FF1E;

Synonyms: apostatize, desert, rat, renounce, repudiate, tergiversate, tergiverse, turn

Related Words: abandon, forsake; back out, renege, withdraw; depart, go, leave, quit; reject, spurn

Idioms: change sides, go back on, go over, turn one's coat, walk ( or run) out on

Contrasted Words: adhere (to), cling (to), hang on, stick (to or with); cherish, cultivate, foster

Merriam Webster. Collegiate thesaurus English dictionary.      Английский энциклопедический толковый словарь тезауруса.