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adjective desperate pronunciation in British 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 are 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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