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Topic: CITIZENSHIP

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: defectus, past participle; DEFECT1

defect

2 verb
     
defect2 [intransitive]
PGC to leave your own country or group in order to go to or join an opposing one
defect to/from
a Russian actor who defected to the West
defector noun [countable]
defection noun [uncountable and countable]
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