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desperate

adjective  us   /ˈdes·pər·ət/

desperate adjective (RISKY)

showing a willingness to take any risk in order to change a bad or dangerous situation: The ads are a desperate attempt to win last-minute votes. A desperate person is willing to take any measures and may be dangerous: desperate criminals

desperate adjective (SERIOUS)

very serious or dangerous: There’s a desperate shortage of medical supplies in the area. The earthquake survivors are in desperate need of help.

desperate adjective (IN NEED)

having a very great need: She was desperate for news of her family. I’m desperate for some coffee.
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