desperately

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adverb des·per·ate·ly \ˈdes-p(ə-)rət-lē, -pərt-\

Definition of desperately

  1. 1 :  in a way that involves despair, extreme measures, or rashness :  in a desperate manner <struggling desperately> <desperately crying out>

  2. 2 :  extremely, terribly <desperately tired> <desperately important>

Examples of desperately in a sentence

  1. <all of a sudden everything went desperately wrong>

Origin and Etymology of desperately

see desperate


First Known Use: circa 1547


DESPERATELY Defined for Kids

desperately

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

Definition of desperately for Students

  1. 1 :  in a way showing great worry and weakening hope <They desperately called for help.>

  2. 2 :  in such a way as to leave little hope <He became desperately ill.>

  3. 3 :  with great intensity <… I wished desperately that I knew where my mama was … — Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie>



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