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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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Indeed, this might be difficult because of the current composition of the defector community; the lives of defectors have not made them particularly suitable for or oriented toward academic achievement.
Fumiaki Yamada, assistant professor at the Osaka University of Economics who has been helping escapees from North Korea, told reporters after the meeting that they made such requests as stationing staff who speak Korean at Japanese diplomatic missions overseas and setting aside rooms at such missions for defectors.
Although a single tit-for-tat player surrounded by defectors does worse than the defectors do, and so has less chance than the defectors of producing offspring, the chance is not zero.
The defectors are many, even from the same regions and counties, but the positions are limited.
South Korean government data shows there have been 26 suicides in the defector community.
True, here in Wales some defectors have done very well for themselves.
The defector claims that Khamenehi has a voracious appetite for trout and caviar and hoards collectables from jeweled pipes to fine horses.
The exposure of Soviet moles Blake, Philby, Burgess, and Maclean during the 1950s and '60s, the exposure of Anthony Blunt in 1979, and of John Cairncross, Theodore Hall, and Aldrich Ames in the 1990s provided proof for the charges by Soviet defector Golitsyn and former CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton that Communist moles--and more importantly, the political elites who protected them--did indeed still lethally compromise Western intelligence organizations.
The defector, who uses the pseudonym Kenki Aoyama, was to testify on North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals and development of nuclear weapons and missiles, the lawmakers said.
The defector, who identified himself as Ahmad Behbahani, told CBS News in the US that he was an intelligence official involved in Iranian terrorism operations for more than a decade before fleeing to Turkey.
Two defectors, who are not included in the list of North Korean defectors to meet visiting U.
A defector from Homa Bay county took time off his schedule to mobilise an attack through his untethered online bozos on Okech.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- South Korea's military unleashed around 20 warning shots in the direction of North Korean border guards in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) who were pursued a defector.
The defector, whose full name is still not publicly known, risked his life by speeding across the Demilitarised Zone in a jeep, then dashing across the heavily guarded border at Panmunjon.
I had unwanted attention from South Koreans because I was a defector.