desperate

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdɛspərət/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdɛspərɪt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(despər it, -prit)


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desperate

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
adj
  1. am getting desperate for [the bathroom, a drink of water]
  2. is desperate for [attention, affection, help]
  3. am desperate to [find, keep, see, make, have, know]
  4. Why are you so desperate?
  5. When did you [get, become] so desperate?
  6. the [house, car] is in desperate need of [repairs, attention]
  7. feels like a desperate situation
  8. [in, made] a desperate attempt to
  9. made a desperate appeal for [clues, leads, information]
  10. desperate times call for desperate measures
  11. (the situation) is becoming [increasingly, alarmingly] desperate
  12. in a desperate struggle for
  13. the [attacker, killer, enemy] got desperate
  14. is a desperate [man]
  15. [said, done, made] in desperate taste
  16. desperate [defending, attacking, tactics]
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