Meaning of DESERT in English


Pronunciation: di- ' z ə rt

Function: verb

Etymology: French déserter, from Late Latin desertare, frequentative of Latin deserere

Date: 1603

transitive verb

1 : to withdraw from or leave usually without intent to return < desert a town>

2 a : to leave in the lurch < desert a friend in trouble> b : to abandon (military service) without leave

intransitive verb : to quit one's post, allegiance, or service without leave or justification especially : to abandon military duty without leave and without intent to return

synonyms see ABANDON

– de · sert · er noun

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