Meaning of “desert” - Learner’s Dictionary

desert

verb uk us /dɪˈzɜːt/
PERSON [ T ]

to leave someone and never come back:

He deserted his family.
PLACE [ T ]

to leave a place, so that it is empty:

People are deserting the countryside to work in towns.
ARMY [ I, T ]

to leave the army without permission

desertion uk us /dɪˈzɜːʃən/ noun [ U ]

(Definition of “desert verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)