Synonyms for Desert:

adj.

barren, uncultivated (adjective)
lonely, bare, desolate, waste, wild, uninhabited.
desolate (adjective)
dreary, stark, forlorn, barren, deserted, abandoned, dismal, uninhabited, bleak, miserable, lonely, bare, inhospitable, forsaken, forgotten.
untamed (adjective)
wild.

n.

come away, draw out, move on, go away, get away. wasteland, that's your problem, redline, leave someone in the lurch, not lift a finger, rich, do little to help/solve etc., badlands, wilderness. oasis, mirage, renegade, tergiversate, Birdsville Track, trust, rat, approach, bottomland, turn, apostatize, moonscape. backwater, bore, yawn, rut, living death. splinter, break away, slim down, abandon ship, like rats deserting a sinking ship, split. desert (noun)
forsake, abandon, inhospitable, desolate, godforsaken, wild, defect, waste.
desolation (noun)
bleakness, loneliness, emptiness, inhospitability, barrenness, abandonment, starkness.
dryness (noun)
desiccation, dryness, drought, aridity.
prairie (noun)
moor, heath, countryside, mesa, champaign, pampas, savanna, veld, steppe, tundra, plain, plateau, prairie, flatness.
waste (noun)
badlands.
wasteland; dry area (noun)
barren, sahara, sand dunes, arid region, wilderness.
wilderness (noun)
wasteland.

v.

abandon (verb)
drop, relinquish, surrender, vacate, quit, leave, abdicate, defect, abandon, resign, discontinue, forsake, evacuate.
abandon, defect (verb)
leave, split, vacate, throw over, resign, renounce, betray, forsake, apostatize, tergiversate, give up, relinquish, quit.
cognition (verb)
abandon, desolate, forsake.
relinquish (verb)
give up, capitulate, disclaim, forgo, renounce, disown, shed, waive, release, withdraw.
renounce (verb)
betray, deny, cross, retract, backslide, abnegate, disavow.
rid (verb)
dispose, dispel, let go, part with, vent, reject, jettison, discard, dismiss, relegate, cancel, rid.

Other synonyms:

living death, wilderness, Birdsville Track, salt flats, wasteland, slim down, bottomland, death valley, apostatize, moonscape, dust bowl, redline, oasis. mirage, tergiversate, sand, break away. rut, splinter, yawn. bore. split. turn. abandon
let go.
depart
get away, go away, move on.
get rid of
discard.
leave
leave, come away.
Other relevant words:
badlands, godforsaken, disappear, throw over, get away, redline, gobi, break away, go away, wasteland, rat, sahara, rut, sand, mirage, tergiversate, yawn, barrens, desolate, turn, arid region, wilderness, wild, dust bowl, wastelands, bottomland, apostatize, split, waste, moonscape, renegade, sand dunes.

Usage examples for desert

  1. One day the desert ended and they came to the sea. – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  2. And yet Netta felt angrily toward her for wishing to desert them. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. Yes, the people will not desert us, said John, but worse things may happen; we may desert ourselves. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach