the desert: the dry, sandy land with little water or plants (for example the Sahara)
to desert: to abandon, to leave
Sometimes Horatio feels like he's deserted his family because he spends so much time at work.
It is illegal to desert the army. It is illegal to abandon or to betray the army.
desert: desolate, empty, lonely, dry
UK: You shouldn't have abandoned me in the middle of the desert!
US: We trekked for four days across the desert, without food or water.
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