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desert2

de·sert2

desert2

 
 
pronunciation:
dih zuhrt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: deserted, deserting, deserts
definition 1: to abandon and thereby be remiss in one's duties or obligations.
He deserted his three children.The sailor deserted his ship.
synonyms:
abandon, forsake
antonyms:
cleave
similar words:
disown, jilt, leave, maroon, neglect, quit, reject, repudiate, withdraw from
definition 2: to leave or fail to help in a time of need.
His humor deserted him.Everyone deserted her when she was depressed.
synonyms:
forsake
antonyms:
stick by
similar words:
abandon, betray, evade, leave, quit
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to abandon or forsake one's military post, duties, or obligations (sometimes fol. by from).
In war many soldiers desert.
similar words:
abscond, bolt, decamp, defect, flee, run, withdraw
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derivation: deserted (adj.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word dessert (a sweet food)? Desert2 when used as a verb (to leave behind) and dessert sound alike but have different meanings.