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desert

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of desert

  1. land that is uninhabited or not fit for crops we were lost in the desert for days without food Synonyms of 1desert barren, desert, desolation, heath, no-man's-land, wasteWords Related to 1desert badland; brush, bush; dust bowl; open, open air, outdoors, out-of-doors; nature, wild, wilderness


desert

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of desert


desert

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of desert

  1. 1 to leave (a cause or party) often in order to take up another the volunteer became disillusioned with his candidate and deserted to a political rival Synonyms of desert defect, rat (on)Words Related to desert abandon, abdicate, abjure, apostatize, cut off, disown, forsake, quit, reject, renounce, repudiate, spurn; renege; depart, go, leave, withdrawNear Antonyms of desert adhere (to), cling (to), stick (to or with); cherish, cultivate, foster

  2. 2 to cause to remain behind deserted the kids at the food court for some independent shopping Synonyms of desert abandon, leave, forsake, maroon, quit, strandWords Related to desert discard, ditch, dump, fling, jettison, junk, scrap, shed, shuck (off), throw away, throw out; deliver, give up, hand over, relinquish, surrender, yield; escape, retreat (from), take off (from), vacate, withdraw (from); abjure, cut off, disown, reject, renounce, repudiate, separate (from); sacrifice; distance; disregard, forget, ignore, neglectNear Antonyms of desert harbor, have, hold, keep, own, possess, reserve, retain, withhold; redeem, rescue, saveAntonyms of desert reclaim

Synonym Discussion of desert

abandon, desert, forsake mean to leave without intending to return. abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection.
    • abandoned children
desert implies that the object left may be weakened but not destroyed by one's absence.
    • a deserted town
forsake suggests an action more likely to bring impoverishment or bereavement to that which is forsaken than its exposure to physical dangers.
    • a forsaken lover


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