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desertnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈdez.ət/ us   /ˈdez.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.

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desertverb

uk   /dɪˈzɜːt/ us   /dɪˈzɝːt/
  • 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.
(Definition of desert from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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desertverb [T]

us   /dɪˈzɜrt/
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.

desertnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈdez·ərt/
a large, dry area where there is very little rain and few plants: [U] When you live in the desert, water is your most vital resource.
(Definition of desert from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “desert”
in Korean 사막…
in Arabic صَحْراء…
in Malaysian abai, tinggalkan tanpa izin…
in French abandonner, déserter…
in Russian пустыня…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沙漠,荒漠…
in Italian deserto…
in Turkish çöl…
in Polish pustynia…
in Spanish abandonar, desertar…
in Vietnamese bỏ đi, đào ngũ…
in Portuguese deserto…
in Thai ทอดทิ้ง, หนีทหาร…
in German verlassen, fahnenflüchtig werden…
in Catalan desert…
in Japanese 砂漠…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沙漠,荒漠…
in Indonesian meninggalkan, melarikan diri…
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