Simple Definition of desperate
: very sad and upset because of having little or no hope : feeling or showing despair
: very bad or difficult to deal with
: done with all of your strength or energy and with little hope of succeeding
Full Definition of desperate
1 a : having lost hope <a desperate spirit crying for relief> b : giving no ground for hope <the outlook was desperate>
2 a : moved by despair <victims made desperate by abuse> b : involving or employing extreme measures in an attempt to escape defeat or frustration <made a desperate leap for the rope>
3 : suffering extreme need or anxiety <desperate for money>
4 : involving extreme danger or possible disaster <a desperate situation>
5 : of extreme intensity
Examples of desperate in a sentence
The collapse of her business had made her desperate.
As the supply of food ran out, people became desperate.
We could hear their desperate cries for help.
a desperate struggle to defeat the enemy
He made a desperate bid to save his job.
They made one last desperate attempt to fight their way out.
Origin of desperate
Latin desperatus, past participle of desperare
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of desperate
DESPERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of desperate for Students
1 : very sad and worried and with little or no hope <People became desperate for food.>
2 : showing great worry and loss of hope <a desperate call for help>
3 : giving little reason to hope : causing despair <a desperate situation>
4 : reckless because of despair : rash <He made a desperate attempt to escape.>
5 : very severe <The injury is in desperate need of attention.>
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