Definition for DE-SERT'

DE-SERT', v.t. [Fr. deserter, from the adjective, and this from the L. desertus, desero, to forsake.]

  1. To forsake; to leave utterly; to abandon; to quit with a view not to return to; as, to desert a friend; to desert our country; to desert a cause.
  2. To leave without permission, a military band, or a ship, in which one is enlisted; to forsake the service in which one is engaged, in violation of duty; as, to desert the army; to desert one's colors; to desert a ship.

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