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desperate

adjective
 
 
/ˈdespərət/
WITHOUT HOPE B2 feeling that you have no hope and are ready to do anything to change the situation you are in: He was absolutely desperate and would have tried anything to get her back.Not hopeful
NEEDING SOMETHING B2 needing or wanting something very much: By two o'clock I was desperate for something to eat.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
BAD A desperate situation is very bad or serious: The economy is in a really desperate situation.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
desperately adverb desperation
 
 
/ˌdespəˈreɪʃən/ noun [U]
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