Meaning of DESERT in English

noun , verb

■ noun

/ ˈdezət; NAmE ˈdezərt/

—see also deserts [ C , U ] a large area of land that has very little water and very few plants growing on it. Many deserts are covered by sand :

the Sahara Desert

Somalia is mostly desert.

burning desert sands

( figurative )

a cultural desert (= a place without any culture)

■ verb / dɪˈzɜːt; NAmE dɪˈzɜːrt/


[ vn ] to leave sb without help or support

SYN abandon :

She was deserted by her husband.


[ vn ] [ often passive ] to go away from a place and leave it empty

SYN abandon :

The villages had been deserted.

The owl seems to have deserted its nest.


to leave the armed forces without permission :

[ v ]

Large numbers of soldiers deserted as defeat became inevitable.

[also vn ]


[ vn ] to stop using, buying or supporting sth :

Why did you desert teaching for politics?


[ vn ] if a particular quality deserts you, it is not there when you need it :

Her courage seemed to desert her for a moment.

►  de·ser·tion / dɪˈzɜːʃn; NAmE -ˈzɜːr-/ noun [ U , C ]:

She felt betrayed by her husband's desertion.

The army was badly affected by desertions.


see sink verb



verb late Middle English : from Old French deserter , from late Latin desertare , from Latin desertus left waste from deserere leave, forsake.

noun Middle English : via Old French from late Latin desertum something left waste, neuter past participle of deserere leave, forsake.

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