ADJ. arid, barren, dry green fields surrounded by arid desert | vast | inhospitable | Arctic, polar | cultural (figurative) The theatre and cinema closed and the town became a cultural desert.
VERB + DESERT become, turn into/to The land loses its protective cover of vegetation and soon turns into desert. | cross He became the first person to cross the desert on foot.
DESERT + VERB stretch The desert stretched for endless miles on all sides of us.
DESERT + NOUN area, country, land, landscape, region vast tracts of desert land | conditions | heat | sand, soil | floor, surface | plain | animal, plant
PREP. across/through the ~ their journey across the desert | in the ~ cold nights in the desert | into the ~ He drove off into the desert.