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desperately

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

desperately adverb (SERIOUSLY)

B2 extremely or very much: He was desperately ill. They desperately wanted a child.UK She always seems to be desperately busy!UK He was desperately in love with her.

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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in Chinese (Traditional) 非常, 極其…
in Chinese (Simplified) 非常, 极其…
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