Definitions of desert:
- noun: an arid region with little or no vegetation
- verb: desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
Example: "If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
- verb: leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
Example: "The mother deserted her children"
- adjective: located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
Example: "A desert island"
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