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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    She fell desperately in love with him, and took a voyage into Sicily in pursuit of him, he having withdrawn thither on purpose to avoid her.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. Sheila Graham:

    You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.

  2. Stan Brock:

    This was incredibly disappointing and will mean that thousands of patients won’t get the care they desperately need, in addition, the resources we spent setting up this event in New York City won’t be available to serve other patients in other locations.

  3. Sean O'Casey:

    All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.

  4. Carly Fiorina:

    She desperately hopes she runs against Donald Trump, i, however, am the lump of coal in Mrs. Clinton’s stocking and she desperately hopes she does not run against me.

  5. Kat Timpf:

    Every time we see one of these figureheads get taken down, there's always a bunch more people who were either involved or knew about it, who never do get taken down, so as much as I desperately want to see everyone get held accountable here, as much as I desperately want to know everything. I don't have that much faith in the world.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. descant
    • B. flub
    • C. abet
    • D. suffuse

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