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desert

verb [T]  /dɪˈzɜrt/ us  
to leave someone or something without help or in a difficult situation: Local people deserted the city as hordes of tourists arrived. If you desert the armed forces, you leave without permission and with no intention of returning: He denied that he had deserted his post.
Translations of “desert”
in Korean 사막…
in Arabic صَحْراء…
in French abandonner, déserter…
in Turkish çöl…
in Italian deserto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沙漠,荒漠…
in Russian пустыня…
in Polish pustynia…
in Spanish abandonar, desertar…
in Portuguese deserto…
in German verlassen, fahnenflüchtig werden…
in Catalan desert…
in Japanese 砂漠…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沙漠,荒漠…
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