Learn how to say Desert correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word desert:
abandon (a person, cause, or organization) in a way considered disloyal or treacherous:
he deserted his wife and daughter and went back to England
(of people) leave (a place), causing it to appear empty:
the tourists have deserted the beaches
(of a quality or ability) fail (someone) when most needed:
her luck deserted her
[no object] Military illegally leave the armed forces:
his life in the regiment had been such a hell that he decided to desert
late Middle English: from Old French deserter, from late Latin desertare, from Latin desertus ‘left waste’ (see desert2)
Do not confuse desert with dessert. Desert means ‘a waterless, empty area’ (the Sahara Desert) or ‘leave someone or something’ (he deserted her for another woman), whereas dessert means ‘the sweet course of a meal’ (an ice cream dessert).