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A fault or a lack of something that means that something or someone is not perfect.

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Used as a noun, listen here, it means: A fault or a lack of something that means that something or someone is not perfect. Used as a verb, listen here, it means: To leave your own country or group in order to go to or join an opposing one.

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  • To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
  • That interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information
  • Noun : a defect in an argument; a defect in a machine. ,a defect in hearing
  • Verb (used without object) : He defected from the U.S.S.R to the West
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  • When defect is a noun the accent is on the first syllable. When defect is used as a verb the accent is on the second syllable.
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