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verb British English pronunciation: desert /dɪˈzɜː(r)t/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydesert
he/she/itdeserts
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. 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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