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defect from (something)

To desert something. I defected from my homeland after witnessing the atrocities carried out by the government.
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defect to (something)

To desert something in order to join something else. 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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