Translation of desperate in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈdespərət/


  • 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 [familiar/colloquial] 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 locura
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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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    1.2 (in urgent need) [colloquial/familiar] where's the bathroom? I'm desperate! ¿dónde está el baño? estoy que no (me) aguanto más [familiar/colloquial]desperate for sth 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 [familiar/colloquial]desperate to + inf I'm desperate to get home estoy que me muero por or no veo la hora de llegar a casa [familiar/colloquial]
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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.
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    • 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 (AmL tb) no hay tanto apuro 2.2 (awful) (BrE) [colloquial/familiar], terrible, pésimo
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    • 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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