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Definitions for Desperately

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. urgently, desperatelyadverb

    with great urgency

    "health care reform is needed urgently"; "the soil desperately needed potash"

  2. desperatelyadverb

    in intense despair

    "the child clung desperately to her mother"


  1. desperatelyadverb

    In a desperate manner; without regard to danger or safety; recklessly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Desperatelyadverb

    Etymology: from desperate.

    Your eldest daughters have foredone themselves,
    And desp’rately are dead. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    There might be somewhat in it, that he would not have done, or desired undone, when he broke forth as desperately as before he had done uncivilly. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i.

    She fell desperately in love with him, and took a voyage into Sicily in pursuit of him, he having withdrawn thither on purpose to avoid her. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 223.


  1. Desperately

    Desperately is a song written by Jamie O'Hara and Kevin Welch, and recorded by American country music artist Don Williams. It was released in August 1988 as the third single from the album Traces. The song reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


  1. desperately

    Desperately is an adverb that describes the state of being driven by or involving a sense of urgency, despair, extreme need, or desire. It's usually used to express a lack of hope and the willingness to do anything to change one's current situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desperatelyadverb

    in a desperate manner; without regard to danger or safety; recklessly; extremely; as, the troops fought desperately


  1. Desperately

    Watch Out is the fifth album by the Spanish group Barrabás, released in 1975. The album was later re-released on CD in Spain as Desperately. American jazz musician Herbie Mann featured in the recording of the album, after his hit cover of Barrabás' song "Hi Jack", which was released earlier that year. Also appearing was American saxophonist Michael Brecker. The girl posing on the cover of the album is Ellen Michaels. "Desperately" / "Broadway Star" was released as a single, although "It" was the B-side in some countries. Barrabás' next album, Swinger, was re-released on CD under the title Watch-Out, but is unrelated to this album.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Desperately' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4580

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Desperately' in Adverbs Frequency: #296

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Desperately in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Desperately in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Desperately in a Sentence

  1. Ben Sasse:

    This is bizarre and flat-out wrong. United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression, when the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Vladimir Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.

  2. Allison Woolbert:

    People see a 17-year-old who has struggled for several years, desperately trying to be herself. They are seeing a real-life instance of what this is like for a teen.

  3. Tom Steyer:

    I was watching this campaign and I was thinking, we're in a crisis and it's not being addressed, i couldn't sleep because I thought there was something desperately wrong affecting every American.

  4. Donald Milton:

    You've got all these knockoff masks coming in. They're not very good, claiming to be N95 and they're not. So having some benchmarks is a step in the right direction, this is desperately needed because people have no guidance at all right now.

  5. Klaas Haytema:

    I wanted to sleep desperately. I couldn’t stand the noise and checked outside the hotel, i saw that children were playing. I thought that they were playing it [the prayer] and disconnected the amplifier.

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    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
    A serendipity
    B lumberman
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