Definition of desperately in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛsp(ə)rətli/


1In a way that shows despair: he looked around desperately
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  • Josh's fists were a blur as he tried desperately to defeat Kevin's iron defense.
  • She stared so boldly and so forlornly and so desperately that her heart could have done her talking for her.
  • Rescue workers battled desperately to save a cow which had fallen into a stretch of the River.
in desperation, in despair, despairingly, in anguish, in distress;
miserably, wretchedly, hopelessly, desolately;
forlornly, resignedly, defeatedly, pessimistically
1.1Used to emphasize the extreme degree of something: he desperately needed a drink [as submodifier]: I am desperately disappointed
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  • The incident has left her extremely shaken and we desperately would like to catch this man.
  • It was a desperately disappointing championship for the conglomerate of Scots.
  • It is desperately disappointing to win so much primary possession and then not to be able to hold on to it.
seriously, gravely, severely, critically, acutely, dangerously, perilously, hazardously, precariously;
very, extremely, awfully, terribly, tremendously, frightfully, dreadfully;
hopelessly, irretrievably
informal chronically
archaic or humorous parlously
urgently, pressingly, intensely, with urgency, eagerly
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