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desertionnoun

uk   /dɪˈzɜː.ʃən/  us   /dɪˈzɝː.ʃən/
[C or U] the act of leaving the armed forces without permission: During the war, desertion was punishable by death. There were thousands of desertions in the last weeks of the war.figurative There have been mass desertions from (= a lot of people have left) the party in recent months.
[C or U] the act of leaving someone behind in a difficult situation: Roger got his divorce on the grounds of desertion (= because his wife had left him).
(Definition of desertion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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desertionnoun [U]

 us   /dɪˈzɜr·ʃən/
the act of leaving without permission, or without planning to return
Desertion is also the act of leaving someone in a difficult situation or without help.
(Definition of desertion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “desertion”
in Arabic هَجر…
in Korean 내버림…
in Portuguese deserção…
in Catalan abandonament, deserció…
in Japanese 逃亡, 遺棄, 放棄…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逃走, 当逃兵…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逃走, 當逃兵…
in Italian diserzione…
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