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"desperately" in British English

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desperatelyadverb

uk   /ˈdes.pər.ət.li/ us   /ˈdes.pɚ.ət.li/
  • 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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(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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