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DESPERATELY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does desperately mean? 

DESPERATELY (adverb)
  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 


DESPERATELY (adverb)


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Meaning:

With great urgency

Synonyms:

desperately; urgently

Context examples:

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

Pertainym:

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


Sense 2desperately [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In intense despair

Context example:

the child clung desperately to her mother

Pertainym:

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


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