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adjective desperate pronunciation in American English /ˈdesp(ə)rət/
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  1. 1
    very worried and angry because you do not know how to deal with an unpleasant situation

    The missing man’s family is getting increasingly desperate.

    1. a.
      [usually before noun] done because you can think of no other way

      In a desperate attempt to escape, he killed the guard.

  2. 2
    needing or wanting something very much
    desperate for:

    They were sold by families desperate for money to buy food.

    be desperate to do something:

    She was desperate to see him again.

  3. 3
    [usually before noun] extremely severe or serious

    the desperate plight of the refugees

    Parts of this school are in desperate need of repair.



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