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defect from (something)

To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited. I defected from my homeland after witnessing the atrocities carried out by the government.
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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 from something

to run away from something; to forsake something. Thousands of soldiers defected from the army. Roger would never think of defecting from the armed services.
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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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As the CPP called for defections, many ex-CNRP members reported being subjected to surveillance and harassment, with one former commune chief saying the push was still ongoing.
Oh crossed the border in November last year, being seriously injured by rifle fire from North Korean soldiers during his defection.
Last year saw the lowest number of defections to South Korea since Kim Jong Un took over the country.
He said their defection signalled the death of APC in the Local Government Area.
In the latest North Korean military defection, a low-ranking soldier crossed the border at around 8:04 a.
The Department of State prioritizes defeating armed groups such as the LRA by promoting defections, work undertaken by the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization (CSO).
In the meantime, a security sources reported that recent defections from Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at are related to the upcoming Astana talks on Syrian crisis because Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at will be possibly registered in the list of terrorist groups.
Lam Paul has confirmed the defection of the two officials from Khartoum, a day after their arrival to the South Sudanese capital Juba.
EXPELLED Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and his protege Jaya Prada have become a catalyst for a re- look into the anti- defection law, the rules governing disqualification of MPs for floor- crossing, by the Supreme Court.
PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's cabinet meeting held here on Wednesday approved defection clause in section 78 of Local Government Action 2013.
THE defection of Amjad Bashir from UKIP to the Conservatives means that in consecutive Parliaments this constituency has been represented by an MEP who has changed party after election.
Summary: The announcements of the defection of Lebanese Army soldiers over the weekend to Syrian jihadist groups do not pose a grievous strategic risk to the military, analysts said, but the root causes must be addressed seriously to preserve unity.
But the main talking point among delegates was yet another defection to UKIP when the former deputy mayor of London, Richard Barnes, declared for Nigel Farage's party.
If the Tories were laughing at that - and they were - they aren't laughing now as their conference got off to a horrendous start with a defection and a sex scandal.
The Syrian government on Saturday denied the reports about the defection of Farouk al-Shara, reported state television quoting a statement by the office of the vice president.