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Difference between Desert and Dessert

Desert, as a noun, is an arid place with little vegetation or something deserved or merited, especially a punishment.

  • The Southwest desert ranges are beautiful places to visit.
  • When the plan was revealed, they received their just deserts.

Desert, as a verb, means to abandon or forsake.

  • Despite financial setbacks, he refuses to desert the company.

Dessert, the noun, is the sweet thing one eats at the end of a meal.

  • After dinner, we usually stop at the bakery for dessert.