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The missing man's family is getting increasingly desperate.
In a desperate attempt to escape, he killed the guard.
They were sold by families desperate for money to buy food.
She was desperate to see him again.
the desperate plight of the refugees
Parts of this school are in desperate need of repair.
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English version of definition of desperate
a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable
a round flat soft hat that fits tightly round the top of the head
Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on
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American definition of desperate from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.