Meaning of “desperately” in the English Dictionary

"desperately" in British English

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uk /ˈdes.pər.ə us /ˈdes.pɚ.ə

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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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)

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