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English definition of “desperately”

desperately

adverb uk   /ˈdes.pər.ət.li/ us    /-pɚ-/

desperately adverb (SERIOUSLY)

B2 extremely or very much: He was desperately ill. She always seems to be desperately busy! I'm not desperately keen on tennis. He was desperately in love with her. They desperately wanted a child.

desperately adverb (TAKING RISKS)

B2 in a way that shows you are frightened and ready to try anything to change a situation: They fought desperately for their lives.
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