- 1 [transitive] desert somebody to leave somebody without help or support synonym abandon She was deserted by her husband. Don’t worry—I won’t desert you.
- 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. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Old French deserter, from late Latin desertare, from Latin desertus
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BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desert
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrt//he / she / it deserts
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːts//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrts//past simple deserted
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrtɪd//past participle deserted
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrtɪd//-ing form deserting
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrtɪŋ//