(1) Located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
"A desert island"
"A godforsaken wilderness crossroads"
"A wild stretch of land"
(2) Arid land with little or no vegetation
(3) Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
"The mother deserted her children"
(4) Desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
"If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
from the . This in turn is from the
or , from , from , past participle of , or from the
- A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland.
, from , from , from
- To leave (anything that depends on one's presence to survive, exist, or succeed), especially when contrary to a promise or obligation; to abandon; to forsake.
- You can't just drive off and desert me here, in the middle of nowhere.
- To leave one's duty or post, especially to leave a military or naval unit without permission
- Anyone found deserting will be shot.