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verb     desert pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledeserting
past tensedeserted
past participledeserted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to leave someone in a situation where they have no help or support

    a story in which a woman deserts her husband

    1. a.
      [transitive] if people or animals desert a place, no one is left there

      The birds had already deserted the nest.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if people desert something such as a group or political party, they stop belonging to it
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if soldiers desert, they leave the army without permission
  4. 4
    [transitive] if a feeling, quality, or skill deserts you, you suddenly no longer have it

    Judy felt that her luck had deserted her.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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