desertion Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"desertion" in British English

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desertionnoun

uk   /dɪˈzɜː.ʃən/  us   /-ˈzɝː-/
[C or U] the ​act of ​leaving the ​armedforces 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 ​recentmonths. [C or U] the ​act of ​leaving someone behind in a ​difficultsituation: 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 ​difficultsituation 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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