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English definition of “desperate”

desperate

adjective (SERIOUS)    /ˈdes.pər.ət/ US  /-pɚ-/
C2 very serious or bad: desperate poverty a desperate shortage of food/supplies The situation is desperate - we have no food, very little water and no medical supplies.Serious and severeSevere very great or extreme: The earthquake survivors are in desperate need of help. He has a desperate desire to succeed.informal I'm in a desperate hurry.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
(Definition of desperate adjective (SERIOUS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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