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 Dictionary entry overview: What does desperately mean? 

  The adverb DESPERATELY has 2 senses:

1. with great urgency
2. in intense despair

  Familiarity information: DESPERATELY used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1desperately [BACK TO TOP]


With great urgency


desperately; urgently

Context examples:

health care reform is needed urgently / the soil desperately needed potash


desperate (showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire)

Sense 2desperately [BACK TO TOP]


In intense despair

Context example:

the child clung desperately to her mother


desperate (arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope)

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