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Etymology 1

Middle English from the Old French deserte (to deserve). This in turn is from the Vulgar Latin deservire (to gain or merit by giving service)

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Noun

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desert

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desert ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) That which is considered to be deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward
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Etymology 2

French or Old French désert, from Vulgar Latin desertum, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] desertus (left waste), past participle of deserere (abandon), or from the Egyptian dSr.t (The Red Land)

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Noun

Singular
desert

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  1. A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland.
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Etymology 3

French déserter, from Late Latin desertare, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] desertus, from deserere (abandon)

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to desert

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to desert (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. 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.
  2. To leave one's duty or post, especially to leave a military or naval unit without permission
    Anyone found deserting will be shot.
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Catalan

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ca:Template:lang:la derivations]] desertus.

Noun

desert m. (plural deserts)

Singular
desert m.

Plural
deserts m.

  1. desert (Etymology 2, desolate terrain)

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