Definitions of desert

  1. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; " The mother deserted her children"
  2. desert ( a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army; " If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
  3. an arid region with little or no vegetation
  4. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; " a desert island"; " a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; " a wild stretch of land"; " waste places"
  5. That which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to reward; merit.
  6. A deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of supporting population, as the vast sand plains of Asia and Africa are destitute and vegetation.
  7. A tract, which may be capable of sustaining a population, but has been left unoccupied and uncultivated; a wilderness; a solitary place.
  8. Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island.
  9. To abandon ( the service) without leave; to forsake in violation of duty; to abscond from; as, to desert the army; to desert one's colors.
  10. To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond.
  11. To leave ( especially something which one should stay by and support); to leave in the lurch; to abandon; to forsake; - implying blame, except sometimes when used of localities; as, to desert a friend, a principle, a cause, one's country.
  12. To forsake; abandon.
  13. To run from duty.
  14. A deserved reward or punishment; merit.
  15. A wilderness; waste; a solitude.
  16. Pertaining to a desert.
  17. The reward or punishment deserved: claim to reward: merit.
  18. To leave: to forsake.
  19. To run away: to quit a service, as the army, without permission.
  20. Deserted: forsaken: desolate: uncultivated.
  21. A desolate or barren place: a wilderness: a solitude.
  22. A desolate place; solitude.
  23. Desolate; uninhabited; barren.
  24. Merit; reward.
  25. To leave; forsake.
  26. To quit a service without leave.
  27. To leave unwarrantably; forsake; abandon.
  28. To forsake a post or service without leave.
  29. Of or like a desert; barren; waste.
  30. Geog. A region destitute of vegetation, rainless, and commonly uninhabitable.
  31. The state of deserving, or that which is deserved; merit or demerit.
  32. Uninhabited; uncultivated; waste; desolate.
  33. A barren tract of land; a waste solitude.
  34. What one deserves either as reward or punishment. See Deserve.
  35. To forsake; to leave without permission, in violation of duty.
  36. To run away from one's post.

Usage examples for desert

  1. Will you now desert your old friend, or do you think of standing by me? – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  2. You'll never desert me, Maggie." – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  3. Each family lives as in a desert. – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  4. Back to my desert! – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  5. Then he walked quickly out of the house, out of the village, toward the desert. – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  6. You will not desert me now? – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  7. Would you desert a pal at a time like this? – My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  8. You will not desert me? – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. My husband refused to desert the State in which his interests were bound up. – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
  10. " But I'm going into the Indian Desert," I explained. – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  11. What did you desert for? – The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page
  12. I can't desert him. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  13. This is called the Desert Fox. – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  14. " A sister of hers here, tucked away in this desert. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  15. My Christopher desert me! – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  16. Dourlens became for the time a desert. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  17. I saw you- as if in a dream, though I was awake- lying helpless in the desert, and a secret voice urged me on, saying: Seek him. – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  18. And are the desert. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  19. Not again shall I see you- oh joy place in the desert! – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  20. He is a desert man. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens