desert

A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (geography)
a. el desierto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
The travelers died while trying to cross the Sahara Desert.Los viajeros murieron intentando cruzar el desierto del Sáhara.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(wasteland)
a. el desierto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Smith believes this country is becoming a cultural desert.Smith cree que este país se convierte en un desierto cultural.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
3. (geography)
a. desértico
The vegetation is predominantly desert scrub.La vegetación dominante es el matorral desértico.
4. (uninhabited)
a. desierto
Two castaways lived on the desert island.En la isla desierta vivían dos náufragos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
5. (to abandon)
a. abandonar
My father deserted us when I was a child.Mi padre nos abandonó cuando yo era pequeño.
6. (military)
a. desertar de
The solider was accused of deserting his post during the war.Al soldado le acusaron de desertar de su puesto durante la guerra.
7. (to fail)
a. abandonar
The boxer's courage deserted him when he saw the size of his opponent.El valor del boxeador lo abandonó al ver el tamaño de su contrincante.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
8. (military)
a. desertar
The soldier was wanted for deserting and for betraying his country.El soldado estaba en busca y captura por desertar y por traicionar a su patria.
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desert
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (place, family)
a. abandonar
2. (fig)
a.
his courage deserted himel valor le abandonó
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (from army)
a. desertar
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desert [ˈdezət]
noun
desierto (m)
modifier
[+climate, region] desértico; [+tribe, people] del desierto
desert boots (n) botines (m) de ante
desert island (n) isla (f) desierta
desert rat (n) (Mil) rata (f) del desierto
desert [dɪˈzɜːt]
transitive verb
(Mil) (Jur) etc desertar de; [+person] abandonar
his courage deserted him su valor le abandonó or se esfumó
intransitive verb
(Mil) desertar;from de;to a;
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