defect - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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/dɪˈfekt/
present tense
I/you/we/theydefect
he/she/itdefects
present participledefecting
past tensedefected
past participledefected
  1. to leave a country, political party, or organization and go to another one

derived words

defection

 

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/dɪˈfekʃ(ə)n/
noun [countable/uncountable]
singulardefection
pluraldefections

defector

 

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noun [countable]
singulardefector
pluraldefectors