Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “desperate”

See all translations

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]
(Definition of desperate from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “desperate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More