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desperate
American English: /ˈdɛsp(ə)rət/
British English: /ˈdɛsp(ə)rət/

Translation of desperate in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 1.1 (frantic, reckless)
    (person/attempt)
    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] 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
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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]where's the bathroom? I'm desperate!
    ¿dónde está el baño? estoy que no (me) aguanto más [colloquial]
    desperate for somethingshe'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]
    desperate to + infinitiveI'm desperate to get home
    estoy que me muero por or no veo la hora de llegar a casa [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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)
    (need)
    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]
    la semana que viene está bien, no corre tanta prisa or (in Latin America also) no hay tanto apuro
    2.2 (awful)
    (British English) [colloquial]
    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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