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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
the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …
to ask people to vote in order to decide an issue
a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …
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American definition of desperate from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.