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desperately

des·per·ate·ly

desperately

 
pronunciation:
des pr t li [or] des priht li
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: in a desperate way; with a sense of extreme urgency, need, or despair.
They worked desperately to stop the flooding.She tried desperately to save her child.
synonyms:
frantically
definition 2: greatly and seriously.
She stole the bread because she was desperately hungry.Our funds are desperately low.The refugees are desperately in need of help.
synonyms:
critically
similar words:
acutely, extremely, gravely, seriously, severely, terribly