defect to

defect to (something)

To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited, and go to another place. I defected to this country after witnessing the atrocities being carried out in my homeland.
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defect to something

to forsake one group and take up with another. Will he defect to the other side? David defected to a small East European country.
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Watkins and her colleagues compared data from 307 women who gave birth to infants with this type of birth defect to data from 2,755 mothers of healthy infants.
Suppliers agree that the choice boils down to the type of defect to be found at a given line speed and product width.
The residual material had to be combined in the green sand, and not at the mold surface for the defect to occur.