Definition of defect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    defect

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪˈfɛkt//
     
    [intransitive]defect (from something) (to something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defect
     
    he / she / it defects
     
    past simple defected
     
    -ing form defecting
     
     
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  1. to leave a political party, country, etc. to join another that is considered to be an enemy A number of writers and musicians defected from the Soviet Union to the United States in the 1960s. She defected from the party just days before the election.
  2. NAmE//dɪˈfɛkʃn//
     
    noun [uncountable, countable] defection (from something) (to something) There have been several defections from the ruling party.
  3. NAmE//dɪˈfɛktər//
     
    noun
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