Meaning of DEFECT in English

DEFECT

n.

Pronunciation: di- ' fekt

Function: intransitive verb

Etymology: Latin defectus, past participle of deficere

Date: 1596

1 : to forsake one cause, party, or nation for another often because of a change in ideology

2 : to leave one situation (as a job) often to go over to a rival <the reporter defect ed to another network>

– de · fec · tor \ - ' fek-t ə r \ noun

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