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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
References in classic literature ?
Yes," assented a Miserable Sinner, as he finished reading the articles, "the Heathens of Ying Shing are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.
Long before she emerged I understood it all, I think even as the door rang and closed on her; why the timid soul had sought a street where she was unknown, why she crept so many times past that abhorred shop before desperately venturing in, why she looked so often at the watch she might never see again.
Two of them, Le Roy and Ross, after fighting desperately, were captured by the savages; the remaining two vaulted into their saddles and saved themselves by headlong flight, being pursued for nearly thirty miles.
To be left to write about it is not, perhaps, the most enviable fate; but the point is that this impression resumes in its intensity the whole recollection of days and days of desperately dangerous weather.
At last, one afternoon, she arrived very late, with her face so desperately pale and her eyes so desperately red, that Raoul resolved to go to all lengths, including that which he foreshadowed when he blurted out that he would not go on the North Pole expedition unless she first told him the secret of the man's voice.
I could have forgiven it if he'd fallen desperately in love with someone and gone off with her.
She was desperately angry with herself and desperately uneasy.
And indeed, there on their left was that same barn with the snow flying from it, and farther on the same line with the frozen washing, shirts and trousers, which still fluttered desperately in the wind.
The gravity of the situation, and the sharpness of the doctor's intellects, as expressed in his eyes, made anything like a suppression of facts on my part a desperately dangerous experiment.
SO THE son of Menoetius was attending to the hurt of Eurypylus within the tent, but the Argives and Trojans still fought desperately, nor were the trench and the high wall above it, to keep the Trojans in check longer.
But, as if possessed by supernatural spirit and strength, she lashed it safe, resumed her seat, and rowed in, desperately, for the nearest shallow water where she might run the boat aground.
Smangle himself, who was already partially dressed, was seated on his bedstead, occupied in the desperately hopeless attempt of staring Mr.