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desert

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈdez.ət/ us    /-ɚt/
A2 an area, often covered with sand or rocks, where there is very little rain and not many plants: They were lost in the desert for nine days. We had to cross a large area of arid, featureless desert. the desert sun cultural, intellectual, etc. desert disapproving a place that is considered to have no cultural, intellectual, etc. quality or interest: This town is a cultural desert.

desert

verb uk   /dɪˈzɜːt/ us    /-ˈzɝːt/

desert verb (RUN AWAY)

[I or T] to leave the armed forces without permission and with no intention of returning: Soldiers who deserted and were caught were shot. How many people desert from the army each year?

desert verb (LEAVE BEHIND)

[T] to leave someone without help or in a difficult situation and not come back: He deserted his wife and family for another woman. [T] If a quality deserts you, you suddenly and temporarily lose it: All my confidence/courage deserted me when I walked into the exam room.
(Definition of desert from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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