Desert - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdezərt|  American pronunciation of the word desert
Brit.  |dɪˈzəːt|  British pronunciation of the word desert


- arid land with little or no vegetation
- (usually plural) a person's deservingness of or entitlement to reward or punishment
- leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch (syn: abandon, desolate, forsake)
The mother deserted her children
- desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army (syn: defect)
If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot
- leave behind
the students deserted the campus after the end of exam period


The inhabitants had deserted the town.

She had been married for just over a year when her husband deserted her.

He was deserted by his friends and family.

He fell asleep in a desert wood.

In the presence of Socrates, his thoughts seemed to desert him.

Optimism never deserted him.

He deserted from his regiment.

He deserted in the midst of the battle.

I visited him as a man of desert.

He has got his just deserts.

This area of the country is mostly desert.

The plane crash-landed in the desert.

The railroad yard was a desert now.

Helen was deserted by her husband.

Many of the party's traditional voters deserted it at the last election.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: desert
he/she/it: deserts
present participle: deserting
past tense: deserted
past participle: deserted
singular: desert
plural: deserts
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