desperately

adverb des·per·ate·ly \ ˈdes-p(ə-)rət-lē , -pərt- \
Updated on: 23 Dec 2017

Definition of desperately

1 : in a way that involves despair, extreme measures, or rashness : in a desperate manner
  • struggling desperately
  • desperately crying out
2 : extremely, terribly
  • desperately tired
  • desperately important

Examples of desperately in a Sentence

  1. all of a sudden everything went desperately wrong

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Origin and Etymology of desperately


DESPERATELY Defined for Kids

desperately

adverb des·per·ate·ly \ ˈde-spə-rət-lē , -sprət-lē \

Definition of desperately for Students

1 : in a way showing great worry and weakening hope
  • They desperately called for help.
2 : in such a way as to leave little hope
  • He became desperately ill.
3 : with great intensity
  • … I wished desperately that I knew where my mama was …
  • —Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie


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