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English definition of “defect”

defect

verb [I]     /dɪˈfekt/
WORKPLACE to leave one company or organization and form or join another: defect from/to sth Many of our sales team have defected to the competition.
COMMERCE, MARKETING to stop buying a particular product or service and buy a different one instead: defect from/to sth Millions of customers defected to rival telecommunications companies.
POLITICS to leave your country or group and join another because you disagree with the ideas of those in control: He's a pilot who defected to the United States.
defection noun [C or U]
(Definition of defect verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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