[ US /ˈdɛzɝt, dɪˈzɝt/ ]
  1. leave behind
    the students deserted the campus after the end of exam period
  2. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    The mother deserted her children
  3. 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
  1. (usually plural) a person's deservingness of or entitlement to reward or punishment
  2. arid land with little or no vegetation
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How To Use desert In A Sentence

  • The lizard's light brown skin acts as camouflage in the desert sand.
  • The remote desert area is accessible only by helicopter.
  • Fifty years on and technology seems to have leapt on by generations as you see the mushroom shaped cloud of the first nuclear test bomb rising high above the New Mexico desert.
  • For shade, the ramada, a classic freestanding, open-air structure, is still a common feature in desert gardens.
  • Why is oil usually found in deserts and arctic areas? Wonk Room » Perplexed By Science: Joe Barton Wonders If Oil Reached The North Pole From A Secret Texas Pipeline
  • Central Asian desert and grow cotton, which tsarist Russia lost access to when the American south, its supplier, began fighting the American north in the Civil A Conversation with Tom Bissell
  • The locals told me that it's normal to see camels walking through the desert and their guts fall out because camel spiders eat their intestinal walls.
  • When faced with mass desertion, regiments often lacked the personnel to pursue the scofflaws, and soldiers could count on the sympathy of civilians willing to give them jobs rather than report them.
  • Soldiers are considered deserters when they remain AWOL for more than 30 days.
  • I support a troop's right to disobey his or her commanding officer, to desert, to subvert the system that enslaves him.
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