how to pronounce desert


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desert is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of desert in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and there's actually not only desert in …”

meanings of desert


  1. That which is deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward.
  2. Any barren place or situation.
  3. A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland.


  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.
  2. To leave one's duty or post, especially to leave a military or naval unit without permission.


  1. Usually of a place: abandoned, deserted, or uninhabited.

desert frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word desert occurs in english on average 23.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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