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      n  
1    a region that is devoid or almost devoid of vegetation, esp. because of low rainfall  
2    an uncultivated uninhabited region  
3    a place which lacks some desirable feature or quality  
a cultural desert     
4    modifier   of, relating to, or like a desert; infertile or desolate  
     (C13: from Old French, from Church Latin desertum, from Latin deserere to abandon, literally: to sever one's links with, from de- + serere to bind together)  
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desert          [2]  
      vb  
1    tr   to leave or abandon (a person, place, etc.) without intending to return, esp. in violation of a duty, promise, or obligation  
2      (Military)   to abscond from (a post or duty) with no intention of returning  
3    tr   to fail (someone) in time of need  
his good humour temporarily deserted him     
4    tr     (Scots law)   to give up or postpone (a case or charge)  
     (C15: from French déserter, from Late Latin desertare, from Latin deserere to forsake; see desert1)  
  deserter      n  
  deserted      adj  

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desert          [3]  
      n  
1    often pl   something that is deserved or merited; just reward or punishment  
2    the state of deserving a reward or punishment  
3    virtue or merit  
     (C13: from Old French deserte, from deservir to deserve)  

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desert         

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      n   solitude, waste, wasteland, wilderness, wilds  
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      adj   arid, bare, barren, desolate, infertile, lonely, solitary, uncultivated, uninhabited, unproductive, untilled, waste, wild  

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desert          [2]  
      vb   abandon, abscond, betray, decamp, defect, forsake, give up, go over the hill     (Military slang)   jilt, leave, leave high and dry, leave (someone) in the lurch, leave stranded, maroon, quit, rat (on)     (informal)   relinquish, renounce, resign, run out on     (informal)   strand, throw over, vacate, walk out on     (informal)  
  
Antonyms     
   be a source of strength to, look after, maintain, provide for, succour, sustain, take care of  

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desert          [3]  
      n  
1      (often plural)    comeuppance     (slang)   due, guerdon     (poetic)   meed     (archaic)   payment, recompense, requital, retribution, return, reward, right  
2    excellence, merit (or demerit), virtue, worth  

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