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English definition of “desert”

desert

verb [I or T] (RUN AWAY)    /dɪˈzɜːt/ US  /-ˈzɝːt/
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?Joining or leaving the armyDisloyalty, betrayal and treason
(Definition of desert verb (RUN AWAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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