desperately Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"desperately" in British English

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desperatelyadverb

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 ​theirlives.
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(Definition of desperately from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"desperately" in American English

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desperatelyadverb

 us   /ˈdes·pər·ət·li/
extremely or very much: For ​years they had desperately ​wanted a ​child.
(Definition of desperately from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “desperately”
in Chinese (Simplified) 非常, 极其…
in Chinese (Traditional) 非常, 極其…
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