There are 2 definitions of desert in English:

desert1

Line breaks: de¦sert
Pronunciation: /dɪˈzəːt
 
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verb

[with object]

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French deserter, from late Latin desertare, from Latin desertus 'left waste' (see desert2).

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There are 2 definitions of desert in English:

desert2

Line breaks: des¦ert
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛzət
 
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noun

  • 1A waterless, desolate area of land with little or no vegetation, typically one covered with sand: the desert of the Sinai peninsula is a harsh place [mass noun]: drought and deforestation are turning fragile grasslands into desert
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    • The world sees the desert as a desolate land offering only hardship and discomfort.
    • The land was mostly flat and featureless; even the most desolate of the southern deserts had some rolling sand dunes and some cacti.
    • His explorations, surveys and reports, which stated that the north had some excellent pastoral lands and were not just arid sands and saline deserts, attracted pastoralists to the area.
    Synonyms
    wasteland, waste, wilderness, wilds, dust bowl, barren land
  • 1.1A situation or place considered dull and uninteresting: a cultural desert
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    • There's a thriving energy and excitement about, and the whole perception of the town as a cultural desert is so wrong.
    • Within three years, they hope the area will have at least two major arts projects and a host of neighbourhood events which will ensure that huge swathes of planned new homes do not become a cultural desert.
    • Image and virtual reality are everything these days, explaining why the city, burdened with an inferiority complex, forever sees itself as a cultural desert.
    Synonyms
    uninteresting place/period, unproductive place/period, wasteland

adjective

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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from late Latin desertum 'something left waste', neuter past participle of deserere 'leave, forsake'.

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