desert - dessert
‘desert’ as a noun
A desert /^dezət/ is a large area of land where there is very little water or rain, no trees, and very few plants.
They crossed the Sahara Desert.
‘desert’ as a verb
When people or animals desert /dɪ^zɜːt/ a place, they all leave it.
Poor farmers are deserting their fields and coming here looking for jobs.
If you desert someone, you leave them and no longer help or support them.
All our friends have deserted us.
Dessert /dɪ^zɜːt/ is sweet food served at the end of a meal.
For dessert there was ice cream.