There are 2 main translations of desert in Spanish

: desert1desert2


abandonar, v.

Pronunciation /dəˈzərt//dɪˈzəːt/

transitive verb

  • 1formal

    (place) abandonar
    (place) huir de
    • Perhaps because the hotel is new, the place was almost deserted.
    • The place was mostly deserted and the wait staff had assembled in the bar to watch the game.
    • We get long, panoramic shots of night-time Paris - rooftops, deserted streets, empty bars and restaurants.
    • The usually choc-a-bloc Central Street park was almost deserted - leaving spaces free for shoppers as the council intended.
    • When I got back to the depot, the place was deserted.
    • At the end of the winter season and a few weeks away from the start of summer, the place was deserted.
    • As he scanned the scene inside, it became obvious the place was deserted.
    • The place was practically deserted, so we had the run of almost every engine to ourselves.
    • Glancing up and down the dark street, I noticed how utterly deserted the place was… and how alone we were.
    • Kingston's normally bustling town centre was virtually deserted on Saturday morning as people chose to stay at home to watch the match.
    • Today, with it being a Tuesday, the park was virtually deserted.
    • The place was deserted so I talked to Terry, the security guard.
    • Arriving a good five minutes before the film was due to start, the place was deserted apart from four guys at the door.
    • His door flung open to find an empty couch and deserted living room.
    • Naturally, they must drive along a virtually deserted country road.
    • I thought it was a little strange, as it was a Friday night and the place was deserted.
    • Unfortunately it was raining, windy and cold and when we got there the place was deserted.
    • Despite beautiful sunny weather, the parks were virtually deserted.
    • After the hectic activity during daytime, the area is virtually deserted by dusk with the chirping of crickets casting an eerie spell on the setting.
    • Viewers can't help but wonder why the place was deserted, and imagine the noise and fun of the games before.
  • 2

    (family/post/friend) abandonar
    (duty/cause/party) desertar de
    • Moreover, we cannot help but feel sorry for the emotionally lonely jeweler who lacks a wife and is deserted even by his housemaid.
    • Nonconformists were outraged and many of those who had deserted the party in 1886 came back.
    • The millions who until now have been denied political representation have thus far expressed their dissatisfaction and alienation by deserting their old party.
    • What is worse about Henry's story is that he raised his three sons virtually single-handed after his wife deserted them.
    • The menace of grooms deserting their legally wedded wives is rampant.
    • These days most beneficiaries are not deserted wives; they are single women who have had children.
    • By 1914 most of their best-known intellectuals had quarrelled with Lenin's tactics and deserted the party.
    • White working class voters are deserting social democratic parties around the western world.
    • In Germany, opinion polls have indicated that traditional voters are profoundly disillusioned with the Party and are deserting it in droves.
    • The enormous crowds delighted show organisers who had feared they may have deserted the event after last year's cancellation.
    • And they are very disaffected with a Labour Party they believe has deserted them.
    • When the Government deserts them, who else is there to listen to the plight of the lottery people?
    • Near the end of the story, deserted by his wife, he returns to descend into alcoholism.
    • His customers deserted his food kiosk and his wife left him.
    • Those were dark times as friends deserted him and fans shunned him.
    • How was his third wife to know that he had deserted his still-living first wife?
    • Was such a party bound to desert its essential core of supporters, they working class, in its attempt to secure the votes and support of others?
    • I have not deserted the military nor been disloyal to the men and women of the military.
    • Millions of voters and members have deserted these parties and are seeking an alternative.
    • But now is not the time to desert the Labour Party, now is the time to reclaim it.
    • It fears that its voters, particularly the younger generation, will desert the party if it is seen to capitulate to a unionist agenda.
  • 3

    his courage deserted him su valor lo abandonó
    • By 1980, her ability to overpower the political pressures on the judges had deserted her.
    • This time though, lady luck and self belief have both deserted him.
    • A similar form of words may have entered Eriksson's mind as the luck of the draw deserted his team.
    • His ability to feel had deserted him and it left him empty.
    • His first kick from defence missed touch by several yards and his normally unerring passing skills seemed to have deserted him.
    • But last year, his form of a year earlier completely deserted him and he was substituted in a number of games.
    • Your lucky number has deserted you and eaten your dignity.
    • I do take risks though, so I hope my luck doesn't desert me in the future.
    • Lady Luck, however, deserted him on the night but he was magnanimous and dignified in defeat.
    • She was shivering, visibly, as though her ability to withstand the elements had suddenly deserted her.
    • Don't count on this to be the case because Lady Luck will desert you in a flash.
    • However, skill wins out in the long run because luck will desert you one day.
    • My Excel skills have deserted me - I was unable to make a graph that successfully showed the readings and the variance between them.
    • That these qualities could desert him so spectacularly at the club's training ground in the face of one legitimate question is revealing, if not even alarming.
    • My school French has deserted me in the hour of need.
    • In one of the tightest contests in living memory, Lady Luck deserted him at the end.
    • Indeed his weapon, an ability to swing the ball, seemed to have deserted him.
    • When the wind hit her as she rounded the top bend, her form and speed deserted her.
    • However, in recent weeks his judgment has deserted him too.
    • However, even though he managed to keep the 35-year-old out for a third time four minutes before the break, his luck was finally to desert him.

intransitive verb


  • 1

    they deserted in droves to the rebels hubo una deserción masiva hacia el bando rebelde

There are 2 main translations of desert in Spanish

: desert1desert2


desierto, n.

Pronunciation /ˈdɛzət//ˈdɛzərt/


  • 1

    desierto masculine
    (climate/region) (before noun) desértico
    (sand/tribe) del desierto
    • He survived the crash by landing in ‘the biggest sand dune in the desert.’
    • It was a desolate barren land covered in deserts, forgotten and ignored by many.
    • 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.
    • They occupy a wide range of environment from the edges of the desert to savannah lands (favoured by N. meleagris) and high forests.
    • He'd taken to spending long periods of time in the parkland, or out in the desert beyond the planted area, doing what, Annie didn't know.
    • Most of this area is desert or desertified sand suitable only for grazing.
    • The film starts by introducing ways to find a plot of land in the desert using satellite images, topographical maps and a compass.
    • The world sees the desert as a desolate land offering only hardship and discomfort.
    • Either it had been moved by someone, or something as was more likely, or it had been covered by the shifting sands of the desert.
    • The helicopter slowly landed in the soft sand of a desert in the middle of nowhere, Nevada.
    • The black stone-wall stood out like a piece of coal in the snow, for it had been placed on a barren landscape, most of which had been covered with sand from the nearby desert.
    • The boy ran across the desert, the sand flying up from his heels.
    • The sands of the desert gave way to a grass-land, though the grass had a rotten look to it, and was slippery to walk on.
    • Riding off trail or driving off designated areas permanently damages the land in the western desert.
    • The land was mostly flat and featureless; even the most desolate of the southern deserts had some rolling sand dunes and some cacti.
    • Subtropical deserts and tropical savannahs and rainforests have similarly expanded and contracted, imposing their morphogenetic overprint on older landscapes.
    • The city had almost become overrun by the desert, the sand sweeping in to cover the streets and all items left out.
    • I wanted to ride out into the desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers.
    • They had left the forested area and were back into the sand of the desert.
    • The 37 areas that qualified for wilderness status include tropical rain forests, wetlands, deserts, and arctic tundra.
  • 2

    (desolate place, state)
    desierto masculine
    • And they have been used as evidence to back the often-repeated slur that the town is a cultural desert.
    • We remain determined to guide the two of them through the cultural desert that is modern childhood but since they grew out of Postman Pat all the entertainment aimed at them seems so empty of real value.
    • The town was recently branded a cultural desert in a recent State of the Nation report.
    • The cultural desert has found an oasis from which to market its future.
    • Often derided as a cultural desert, it is listed as boasting plenty for arts lovers to experience.
    • The arts have not developed as quickly as the economy, and Hong Kong is often considered a cultural desert.
    • The Istanbul of the 1970s was considered to be something of a cultural desert - certainly in terms of classical music.
    • What you don't realise is that the country's 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.
    • There's a thriving energy and excitement about, and the whole perception of the town as a cultural desert is so wrong.
    • This is not to say that it was a cultural desert: rather it was a repository of tradition that was constantly drawn on in terms of books and in terms of the iconography of its monuments.
    • In that cultural desert, the President on screen appears a dignified and generous oasis of calm and benevolence.
    • 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.
    • Oh, but doesn't village life automatically consign you to a cultural desert?
    • People like that can only become popular in the cultural desert of the country.