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land that is uninhabited or not fit for crops
  • we were lost in the desert for days without food

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Synonyms & Antonyms of desert (Entry 3 of 4)

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

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2 to cause to remain behind
  • deserted the kids at the food court for some independent shopping

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How does the verb desert contrast with its synonyms?

The words abandon and forsake are common synonyms of desert. While all three words mean "to leave without intending to return," desert implies that the object left may be weakened but not destroyed by one's absence.

a deserted town

Where would abandon be a reasonable alternative to desert?

The words abandon and desert can be used in similar contexts, but abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection.

abandoned children

When would forsake be a good substitute for desert?

The meanings of forsake and desert largely overlap; however, 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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The first known use of desert was in the 13th century

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“Desert.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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