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“deserter” in English

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deserternoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈzɜː.tər/ us /dɪˈzɝː.t̬ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • But though a deserter, I have not quite forgot the service in which I was enlisted. 
  • Deserters and ship-wrecked seamen were adopted by the tribes. 
  • In some manner he gathered a number of English deserters round him and took to the mountains. 
  • Some were deserters from the confederate army, in which they had been compelled to serve. 
  • The deserter has escaped. 

(Definition of “deserter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“deserter” in American English

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deserternoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈzɜr·t̬ər/

a person who leaves the armed forces without permission and with no intention of returning

(Definition of “deserter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)