- 1[transitive] desert somebody to leave someone without help or support synonym abandon She was deserted by her husband.
- 2[transitive, often passive] desert something to go away from a place and leave it empty synonym abandon The villages had been deserted. The owl seems to have deserted its nest.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] desert (something) to leave the armed forces without permission Large numbers of soldiers deserted as defeat became inevitable.
- 4[transitive] desert something (for something) to stop using, buying, or supporting something Why did you desert teaching for politics?
- 5[transitive] desert somebody if a particular quality deserts you, it is not there when you need it Her courage seemed to desert her for a moment.
- NAmE//dɪˈzərʃn//noun [uncountable, countable] She felt betrayed by her husband's desertion. The army was badly affected by desertions. Idioms
NAmE//dɪˈzərt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desert
he / she / it deserts
past simple deserted
-ing form deserting
desertionjump to other results
used to talk about people who leave an organization, a company, etc. that is having difficulties, without caring about the people who are left
(like rats) deserting/leaving a sinking ship (humorous) (disapproving)jump to other results