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DESK, noun

1. An inclining table for the use of writers and readers; usually made with a box or drawer underneath, and sometimes with a book-case above.

2. The pulpit in a church, and figuratively the clerical profession. The man appears well in the desk He intends one son for the bar, and another for the desk

DESK, verb transitive To shut up in a desk; to treasure.