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English definition of “desert”

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.
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