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desperately

[ des-per-it-lee, -prit- ]
/ ˈdɛs pər ɪt li, -prɪt- /
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in a reckless or dangerous way because of hopelessness or urgency:In the movie, he’s the object of an intense police manhunt and scrambles desperately around Belfast trying to escape.
in a way that shows urgent need or desire:He is highly motivated to put his all into everything he does, trying desperately to prove himself.
to a very serious or dangerous degree that leaves little hope:People without medical insurance may often suffer without care until they are desperately ill.
extremely or excessively:My weekend will be desperately dull, as I've been on vacation all week and have to catch up with work.

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OTHER WORDS FROM desperately

qua·si-des·per·ate·ly, adverb
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