- 1 1.1 (frantic, reckless) [person/attempt] desesperado to be desperate estar* desesperado they're getting desperate se están empezando a desesperar these are desperate measures estas son medidas tomadas en la desesperación or [colloquial/familiar] a la desesperada in a desperate struggle for survival tratando por todos los medios de sobrevivir, luchando con uñas y dientes por sobrevivir I'm afraid he may do something desperate tengo miedo de que haga alguna locuraMore example sentences
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- Obviously this risks failure to treat in situations that are desperate but not hopeless.
- There are millions just like them, inhabiting the depths of poverty and hopelessness, suicidal and desperate.
- Trying to live up to the impossible hype, the desperate clamour.
More example sentences1.2 (in urgent need) [colloquial/familiar] where's the bathroom? I'm desperate! ¿dónde está el baño? estoy que no (me) aguanto más [colloquial/familiar]desperate
- Charles took this desperate act in an attempt to reinforce his position in Germany.
- In a last, desperate act to save himself, James looked at his watch and pretended to be shocked.
- Because of this realism, though, the final desperate act of the movie is unlikely.
- The Narcotics Branch arrested a desperate criminal.
- And it's blowing the lid off of everything that experts believe about the most desperate and dangerous people on earth.
- The only person that would commit such a deed would be a desperate criminal, accustomed to a life of outlawry.
forsth she's desperate for work está desesperada por conseguir trabajo I'm desperate for a cup of tea estoy que me muero por una taza de té [colloquial/familiar]desperate to + infinitive/infinitivoI'm desperate to get home estoy que me muero por or no veo la hora de llegar a casa [colloquial/familiar]More example sentences
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- As usual in February the weather was desperate with a blizzard and white out conditions as we arrived at car park.
- The weather was desperate - 10 degrees and savagely wet but we still loved every minute, and I think that speaks volumes for this place.
- I was so desperate for the object of my craving that I almost blurted out, ‘Are you going to buy that?’
- They were desperate for somebody to do something.
- ‘We are desperate for community facilities in the area and here we have something that works, so we should just leave it alone,’ he told the meeting.
- 2 2.1 (critical) [state/situation] grave, desesperado; [need] apremiante desperate situations require desperate remedies a grandes males, grandes remedios or soluciones the house is in desperate need of repair la casa necesita arreglos urgentes next week will do, it's not that desperate [colloquial/familiar] la semana que viene está bien, no corre tanta prisa or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) no hay tanto apuro 2.2 (awful) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], terrible, pésimoMore example sentences
- Well Lane was the most dangerous, and was an extremely fast road in desperate need of a pedestrian crossing, she said.
- ‘No-one would leave their house and family if they were not in a desperate situation, in danger of their life,’ he says.
- Private firms are cashing in on the desperate shortage of school teachers.
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