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1‘his wife had deserted him’
abandon, leave, give up, cast off, turn one's back on
throw over, betray, jilt, break with, break up with
leave high and dry, leave in the lurch, leave behind, strand, leave stranded, maroon
informal run out on, walk out on, rat on, drop, dump, ditch
British informal give someone the push, give someone the big E, bin off
2‘his allies were quite capable of deserting the cause when it suited them’
renounce, renege on, repudiate, forswear, relinquish, wash one's hands of, have no more truck with, have done with, abjure, disavow
abandon, turn one's back on, betray
3‘soldiers deserted in droves’
abscond, defect, run away, make off, decamp, flee, fly, bolt, turn tail, go absent without leave, take French leave, depart, quit, escape
informal go AWOL
1‘the desert of the Sinai peninsula’
wasteland, waste, wilderness, wilds, dust bowl, barren land
2‘a cultural desert’
uninteresting period, uninteresting place, unproductive period, unproductive place, wasteland
1‘animals have overgrazed the area, creating desert conditions’
arid, dry, moistureless, dried up, parched, scorched, burnt, hot, burning, torrid
barren, bare, stark
uncultivatable, infertile, non-fertile, unproductive, unfruitful, dehydrated, sterile
2‘a desert island’
uninhabited, empty, solitary, lonely, desolate, bleak, dismal, waste
wild, uncultivated, untended, untilled
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