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des·per·ate

desperate

 
 
pronunciation:
de sp riht [or] de spriht
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not caring about danger because of great need.
She made a desperate attempt to enter the burning house and save the children.
synonyms:
frantic
similar words:
crazy, headlong, mad, rash, reckless, wild
definition 2: almost hopeless; very serious.
The people trapped in the cave were in a desperate situation.
synonyms:
acute, critical, dire
similar words:
grave, urgent
definition 3: having a great need or desire.
She was desperate to have a friend.
synonyms:
ravenous
similar words:
frantic, mad, wild
derivations: desperately (adv.), desperateness (n.)
Word Builder: desperate +
  • desperately:
    in a desperate way.
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