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"desperation" in British English

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desperationnoun [U]

uk   /ˌdes.pəˈreɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌdes.pəˈreɪ.ʃən/
C2 the ​feeling that you have when you are in such a ​badsituation that you are ​willing to take ​risks in ​order to ​change it: There was a ​note of desperation in his ​voice. In desperation, they ​jumped out of the ​window to ​escape the ​fire. an ​act of desperation
the ​feeling of ​needing or ​wanting something very much: his desperation to ​survive
(Definition of desperation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"desperation" in American English

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desperationnoun [U]

 us   /ˌdes·pəˈreɪ·ʃən/
the ​feeling of being in such a ​badsituation that you will take any ​risk to ​change it: In desperation, they ​jumped out of the ​window to ​escape the ​fire.
(Definition of desperation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “desperation”
in Arabic يَأس…
in Korean 자포자기, 절실함…
in Portuguese desesperação, desespero…
in Catalan desesperació…
in Japanese 必死, やけ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 冒险, 破釜沉舟,拼死一搏…
in Chinese (Traditional) 冒險, 破釜沉舟,拼死一搏…
in Italian disperazione…
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