Definition of desperately adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdespərətli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdespərətli//
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  1. 1in a way that shows you have little hope and are ready to do anything without worrying about danger to yourself or others She looked desperately around for a weapon.
  2. 2extremely, especially when talking about bad situations desperately ill/unhappy/lonely He grew up desperately poor.
  3. 3very much, especially when talking about difficult or bad situations They desperately wanted a child. He took a deep breath, desperately trying to keep calm.