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Meaning & Definition of Desperate in English





1. A person who is frightened and in need of help

  • "They prey on the hopes of the desperate"
  • desperate


1. Arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope

  • "A despairing view of the world situation"
  • "The last despairing plea of the condemned criminal"
  • "A desperate cry for help"
  • "Helpless and desperate--as if at the end of his tether"
  • "Her desperate screams"
  • despairing,
  • desperate

2. Desperately determined

  • "Do-or-die revolutionaries"
  • "A do-or-die conflict"
  • desperate,
  • do-or-die(a)

3. (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair

  • "A desperate criminal"
  • "Taken hostage of desperate men"
  • desperate

4. Showing extreme courage

  • Especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
  • "Made a last desperate attempt to reach the climber"
  • "The desperate gallantry of our naval task forces marked the turning point in the pacific war"- g.c.marshall
  • "They took heroic measures to save his life"
  • desperate,
  • heroic

5. Showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

  • "Felt a desperate urge to confess"
  • "A desperate need for recognition"
  • desperate

6. Fraught with extreme danger

  • Nearly hopeless
  • "A desperate illness"
  • "On all fronts the allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- g.c.marshall
  • "A dire emergency"
  • desperate,
  • dire

Examples of using

Tom was told he would never amount to anything, and he was desperate to prove them wrong.
I'm desperate, I don't know what to do.
We're not that desperate.