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Correct Option is persisting

Solution:Among the given options, ‘persisting’ is the most appropriate antonym (opposite in meaning) of the word- “DESERTING”. Hence, option (d) is the right answer choice. Deserting means to leave in a difficult situation; (of people) leave (a place), causing it to appear empty.
(a) evacuating- remove (someone) from a place of danger to a safer place.
(b) abandoning- cease to support or look after (someone); desert.
(c) relinquishing- voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up.
(d) persisting- continue to exist; be prolonged.

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