"deserts" in the noun sense
arid land with little or no vegetation
usually plural) a person's deservingness of or entitlement to reward or punishment
"deserts" in the verb sense
1. abandon, forsake, desolate, desert
leave someone who needs or counts on you leave in the lurch
"The mother deserted her children"
2. defect, desert
desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
"If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
"the students deserted the campus after the end of exam period"
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