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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.
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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
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