desperately


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des·per·ate

 (dĕs′pər-ĭt)
adj.
1. Having lost all hope; despairing.
2. Marked by, arising from, or showing despair: the desperate look of hunger; a desperate cry for help.
3. Reckless or violent because of despair: a desperate criminal.
4. Undertaken out of extreme urgency or as a last resort: a desperate attempt to save the family business.
5. Nearly hopeless; critical: a desperate illness; a desperate situation.
6. Suffering or driven by great need or distress: desperate for recognition.
7. Extremely intense: felt a desperate urge to tell the truth.

[Middle English desperat, from Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērāre, to despair; see despair.]

des′per·ate·ly adv.
des′per·ate·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.desperately - with great urgencydesperately - with great urgency; "health care reform is needed urgently"; "the soil desperately needed potash"
2.desperately - in intense despair; "the child clung desperately to her mother"

desperately

adverb
1. gravely, badly, seriously, severely, dangerously, perilously a man who was desperately ill with cancer
2. urgently, intensely, with urgency, pressingly He was a boy who desperately needed affection.
Translations
بِصورَةٍ ماسَّهبِيَأْس
zoufale
desperatfortvivlethåbløst
epätoivoisesti
očajnički
í örvæntingu
必死で
필사적으로
zúfalo
obupno
desperat
อย่างสิ้นหวัง
çok ümitsizceumutsuzca
một cách liều lĩnh

desperately

[ˈdespərɪtlɪ] ADV
1. (= urgently, frantically) [say, look] → desesperadamente, con desesperación; [try, struggle, look for] → desesperadamente; [fight] → encarnizadamente; [need, require] → urgentemente, desesperadamente
to hope desperately for sthdesear algo con todas sus fuerzas
to be desperately in loveestar locamente or perdidamente enamorado
to be desperately in need of sthnecesitar algo urgentemente
I desperately wanted to become a film directorquería ser director de cine más que nada en el mundo or con todo el alma
2. (= horribly) [lonely, thin, shy, poor] → terriblemente
we're not desperately busy at the momentno estamos lo que se dice terriblemente ocupados en este momento
it's desperately coldhace un frío terrible
to try desperately hard to do sthesforzarse mucho por hacer algo
I'm desperately hungryme muero de hambre
desperately illmuy grave, gravemente enfermo
I'm not desperately keen on the ideala idea no me vuelve loco
to be desperately short of sthandar escasísimo de algo
he's desperately unhappyes terriblemente desdichado
my parents were desperately worriedmis padres estaban preocupadísimos
3. (= very much, very) "do you want to have children?" - "not desperately"-¿quieres tener hijos? -no estoy desesperado por tenerlos
it's not desperately important/urgentno es terriblemente importante/urgente
I'm not desperately keenno es que me entusiasme
"hungry?" - "not desperately"-¿tienes hambre? -puedo aguantar

desperately

[ˈdɛspərətli] adv
(= frantically) → désespérément
He was desperately trying to persuade her → Il essayait désespérément de la persuader.
(= very) [worried] → terriblement, extrêmement; [busy] → extrêmement
We're desperately worried → Nous sommes terriblement inquiets.
desperately ill → très gravement malade

He desperately needs help → Il a désespérément besoin d'aide.

desperately

adv
(= frantically) fight, look for, hope, tryverzweifelt
(= urgently) needdringend; wantunbedingt; to be desperately in need of somebody/somethingjdn/etw dringend brauchen; he desperately wanted to become a film makerer wollte unbedingt Filmemacher werden
(= extremely) difficultextrem; important, sadäußerst; desperately illschwer krank; his son was desperately ill with cancersein Sohn war schwer krebskrank; to be desperately worried (about something)sich (dat) (→ über etw acc) → schreckliche Sorgen machen; I’m not desperately worriedich mache mir keine allzu großen Sorgen; to be desperately keen to do somethingetw unbedingt tun wollen; I’m not desperately keen on …ich bin nicht besonders scharf auf (acc); desperately unhappytodunglücklich; to try desperately hard to do somethingverzweifelt versuchen, etw zu tun; to be desperately in love (with somebody)unsterblich (in jdn) verliebt sein

desperately

[ˈdɛsprɪtlɪ] adv (say, look) → con disperazione; (fight) → disperatamente; (extremely) → terribilmente, estremamente
desperately ill → gravemente malato/a, tra la vita e la morte
desperately in love → perdutamente innamorato/a

desperate

(ˈdespərət) adjective
1. (sometimes used loosely) despairingly reckless or violent. She was desperate to get into university; a desperate criminal.
2. very bad or almost hopeless. We are in a desperate situation.
3. urgent and despairing. He made a desperate appeal for help.
ˈdesperately adverb
ˌdespeˈration noun
In desperation we asked the police for help.

desperately

بِيَأْس zoufale desperat verzweifelt απελπισμένα desesperadamente epätoivoisesti désespérément očajnički disperatamente 必死で 필사적으로 wanhopig fortvilet rozpaczliwie desesperadamente отчаянно desperat อย่างสิ้นหวัง umutsuzca một cách liều lĩnh 绝望地
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Poor Jo tried desperately to be good, but her bosom enemy was always ready to flame up and defeat her, and it took years of patient effort to subdue it.
They made me think of defeated armies, retreating; or of ghosts who were trying desperately to get in for shelter, and then went moaning on.
Her eyes were fixed desperately before her, and she breathed heavily, as a tired ox.
No one, in short, could blame me if I should just drive desperately off.
They were often very turbulent meetings, with half a dozen men declaiming at once, in as many dialects of English; but the speakers were all desperately in earnest, and Jurgis was in earnest too, for he understood that a fight was on, and that it was his fight.
I do think you are desperately, distressingly good; it tires me to death to think of it.
The slave-driver lashed us desperately, for he saw ruin before him, but his lashings only made mat- ters worse, for they drove us further from the road and from likelihood of succor.
The whole of the ridge was exceedingly narrow, and the fall on each side desperately steep, but the ice in some of these intervals between the masses of rock assumed the form of a mere sharp edge, almost like a knife; these places, though not more than three or four short paces in length, looked uncommonly awkward; but, like the sword leading true believers to the gates of Paradise, they must needs be passed before we could attain to the summit of our ambition.
He most desperately wanted to see Harvey -- and William, too, for that matter -- because he was one of them kind that can't bear to make a will.
We yawn desperately at the essays, but our hearts go out to the essayists, all the same, for "the vision splendid" is shining in their eyes, and there is no fear of "th' inevitable yoke" that the years are so surely bringing them.
Upon my word, I never saw a young woman so desperately in love in my life
If it were not such a very wild night," he said, "I would send Hannah down to keep you company: you look too desperately miserable to be left alone.