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[ US /ˈdɛspɝətɫi, ˈdɛspɹətɫi/ ]
[ UK /dˈɛspəɹətli/ ]
  1. with great urgency
    the soil desperately needed potash
    health care reform is needed urgently
  2. in intense despair
    the child clung desperately to her mother
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How To Use desperately In A Sentence

  • None of us wanted to ‘need’ cigarettes almost desperately and to feel insecure and anxious without them.
  • She always seems to be desperately busy!
  • I clung onto bits of ice and tried desperately to remove the harness attaching me to the sledge.
  • I've followed this story from the time Blaise and her boyfriend went galavanting around Marseilles, when you and your husband were desperately trying to find them both and fearing the worst. Une plaie - French Word-A-Day
  • Rescue teams worked desperately to restore utilities in the area shattered by the hurricane.
  • I groped for the gear stick, sobbing desperately as the car lurched forward.
  • The defense desperately needs him to be the run stopper in the middle.
  • However, there was no sign of desperately needed rain and a westerly roared in from Australia's arid outback, fanning flames and scattering red hot embers to start new blazes.
  • Smoking and sputtering, the glider zoomed away, with the Green Goblin desperately trying to pull the webbing from his eyes. SPIDER-MAN®: THE ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN
  • The central problem is that these two institutions are desperately undercapitalised. Times, Sunday Times
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